Driving is down and walking is up!

Posted by sll33 at Oct 02, 2015 09:55 AM |
The latest travel survey shows that single car drivers have significantly decreased with an increase in the number of walkers over last five years

The University of Leicester has completed a comprehensive review of how the travel plans of its 28,000 staff and students have changed over the last five years.

The review, conducted by Leicester-based sustainable travel specialist, Go Travel Solutions, revealed that the numbers of staff and students driving alone has dramatically reduced (from 49% in 2010 to 37% in 2015 for staff and from 9% in 2010 to 5% in 2015 for students), whilst staff walking to campus has increased from 16% to 21% and students walking is up from 56% to 62% over the same time period.

The review of the University of Leicester Travel Plan included a University-wide staff and student survey, carbon calculations, GIS mapping of postcode data for bus, walk and cycle routes and advice on data capture. Sandra Lee, Sustainability Officer at the University of Leicester said:

We are extremely proud that the previous Travel Plan was held by Leicester City Council as an exemplar Plan and that we have enabled a significant number of staff and students to choose more sustainable travel modes by providing enhanced facilities, discounts and increased travel options. The University is highly committed to sustainability and this review enables us to develop a new phase of our Travel Plan to help to reduce our environmental impact and to enhance the provision of alternative.

Robin Pointon, Managing Director of Go Travel Solutions added: “Since the first travel plan in 2010, the University has committed to reducing its overall environmental impact through transport related emissions. The 2015 Travel Survey has highlighted the potential for greater use of sustainable travel by staff and students with over 100 staff, who are existing single car drivers, expressing a willingness to travel more sustainably to work.

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