Transport makes a big impact on the environment. The use of cars and lorries produces congestion and air pollution, leading to poor health. Vehicles also use up our limited resources of oil for fuel and lots of materials in building vehicles. When vehicles are scrapped they produce a lot of hazardous materials, tyres are a major waste problem. Carbon gases produced by vehicles also contribute to global warming.
To reduce your impact on the environment consider:
The Ultimate Guide for Cycling is a useful guide to buying and caring for and using your bike, it can be viewed online at http://issuu.com/firstcar/docs/ugtc2015/1
The Big Wheel also provides useful information at www.thebigwheel.org.uk/change-your-travel-2/cycling-2/
For a map on where to cycle locally visit Cycle Streets - Cycle Journey Planner
See the other weblinks on the right for other useful information about cycling.
Using public transport
Our public transport page contains links to bus, train and tram timetables.
Walking is not just good for the environment, it's good for you. Regular walking will improve your strength, stamina and fitness, and will help to control your weight. Nottinghamshire County Council's website contains information on walks around the county.
The Big Wheel also provides useful information at www.thebigwheel.org.uk/change-your-travel-2/walking-2/
Please also see our Move and Mingle Health Walks - Routes
Health benefits of walking and cycling
Regular exercise like cycling and walking is good for your health, and can help to reduce the risk of heart disease. To reap the benefits, start gradually and build up to 30 minutes of exercise at least three times per week.
Greener car travel
If you do need to use a car, make sure it is kept serviced: a well serviced car is cleaner and more efficient. Consider sharing your car - the following websites will offer advice on car-sharing:
For some tips on greener driving visit the Energy Saving Trust travel page.
Consider parking out of town and riding in. See www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/travelling/parking/pocketparkandridesites
Nottingham Travelwise website contains views from traffic cameras in Nottingham, so that you can check to see if the roads are clear before you start your journey.
The Rushcliffe Community Voluntary Service (CVS) runs a voluntary transport scheme to help those who can't use public transport.