Running a car is becoming increasingly expensive. For many short and some longer journeys, taking the bus and train can work out cheaper and less stressful than driving, particularly with the rising cost of petrol, when you take into account the cost of parking and the general wear and tear on your car. Added to this, discounts are often available for regular bus or train users. Choose to walk or cycle and you have a free and reliable journey. One bus can take up to 50 cars off the road which will help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, improve local air quality, road safety and reduce congestion where you live.
In the UK, 85% of journeys are made by car, with the majority of these trips under 3 miles in length. Whilst car travel has brought real benefits to society it has also created the problems of congestion and pollution that we're all so familiar with.
Being 'Smart' about the day to day ways you choose to travel can save you money, improve your health and fitness, save you time and be good for the environment. It can also be a healthier option for you personally, just walking to a bus stop or cycling to the station will give most people the minimum amount of exercise they need each day.
In this section you can find out more about travel plans for businesses, schools and for you, as well as all you need to know about walking, cycling, car sharing and catching the bus or train.
Each year we organise a programme of campaigns, initiatives and events that span the calendar. These promote walking, cycling, car sharing, using public transport and flexible working practices to schools, businesses and the general public. These events sometimes support national campaigns and some are specific to Essex and its residents.
National events include, but are not limited to:
- Walk to School week
- Bike Week
- Commute Smart Week
- National Liftshare Day
- Walk to Work Week