Sustainable commuting network
Travel to Work Survey 2013
More people using sustainable transport in North Bristol, according to survey
The use of sustainable transport options has increased by more than five per cent in North Bristol, according to a survey supported by North Bristol SusCom – a membership organisation that promotes sustainable commuting in North Bristol.
More than 5,000 employees of SusCom members participated in an annual Travel to Work survey, which analyses how employees in the region travel to and from work.
The results show that in the year since March 2012 there has been a five per cent decrease in the number of single occupancy car drivers travelling to and from work, bringing it below 50 per cent for the first time.
They also show an 8.2 per cent collective increase in walkers, cyclists, car sharers and bus users. Bus usage in North Bristol has seen the biggest increase with six per cent more people using their local services now than in 2012.
Ann O’Driscoll, director of North Bristol Sus Com, said: “As part of this survey we’ve looked at some of the factors that stop people using sustainable transport and one of our main objectives is to tackle the problems being raised.
“The survey highlights some of the main barriers to sustainable travel choices, which include lengthy and expensive public transport options and a lack of direct services available to respondents.
“Three years ago, North Bristol SusCom set itself targets to combat these issues over the next five years as part of our area wide travel plan. The results show that in most areas we have already exceeded these targets and demonstrate that people really understand the benefits of using sustainable transport.”
In 2010, North Bristol SusCom set itself a target to reduce the number of single occupancy drivers by five per cent by 2015. This target has already been exceeded and the number of single occupancy drivers has gone down by nine per cent from 2010 levels.
North Bristol SusCom is a group of major employers located in North Bristol that promotes sustainable commuting for their 40,000 employees and 30,000 students in the area. They work collaboratively to influence and improve local transport provision and reduce the impact on the environment, and explore innovative ways to address transport problems in North Bristol. Members include Airbus, Friends Life, MOD, MITIE and Nvidia.
The results, which centre on the day-to-day transport habits of SusCom member employees, have been extracted from an area wide ‘Travel to Work’ survey conducted by South Gloucestershire Council, designed to capture an accurate picture of travel choices on a specific day.
North Bristol Sus Com Ltd - registered address: Bristol & Bath Science Park, Dirac Crescent, Emersons Green, Bristol BS16 7FR.
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