Friarwood Park Persimmon

Transport accounts for around one quarter of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions from the UK. From walking or cycling more to changing the way we drive, we can all make small changes that help to make a big difference.

The use of sustainable travel options does, however, often lead to a much wider range of benefits than simply helping to reduce environmental impact. To the right is a brief summary of some of the reasons we should all try and travel more sustainably when possible.

This website has been developed as part of a wider ‘Travel Plan’ strategy, aimed at making sure that, wherever possible, residents are able to make an informed choice about how they travel.

The benefits of travelling sustainably

  • Save money

    On average, 15% of household spending is on transport, almost as much as on food or housing. Most cars cost over £50 per week. Replacing car journeys, particularly short ones, with a journey on foot or on a bike, can therefore save a significant amount of money over the course of a year.
  • Live a healthier lifestyle

    Regular walking or cycling makes you fitter – as fit as an average person 10 years younger. You don't have to walk or cycle a long way to feel the benefits. A brisk one-mile walk in 20 minutes, say to the local shop and back, burns around 100 calories - as much as swimming for 10 minutes, playing football for 12 minutes or doing aerobics for 16 minutes.
  • Save time

    Traffic jams are common, and journey times are rising in urban areas. Britons spend an average of an hour a day travelling. For short journeys or in busy traffic simply walking or cycling around the corner can be much quicker than jumping in the car, finding somewhere to park, walking to the shop .... so why not give it a try.