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UWE launches sustainable transport scheme

The University of the West of England launches sustainable transport scheme in bid to cut number of cars arriving at its campuses

joinmyjourney enables students and staff to walk, cycle or commute to a range of UWE locations across the city with others on compatible journeys, either regularly, or as a one off.  The University is taking steps to reduce reliance on single occupancy vehicles, plus cut carbon emissions across its Frenchay, Glenside, City and Gloucester locations.

The free to use, map-based website is launched thanks to funding from South Gloucestershire Council’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF), development from Aztec West based resource efficiency specialist ecosurety, with support from North Bristol SusCom. Apple, Android and Windows app versions of joinmyjourney are due to be launched this Spring.

joinmyjourney launched in November for the 8,000 people travelling to Aztec West business park, with other business locations and employers coming on board in 2016. Benefits include reduced numbers of cars attempting to park at UWE sites, lower emissions, and helping students and staff save money by cutting commuting costs. Others include less stress from sitting in traffic queues, improved confidence from increased outside exercise and the option to share sustainable and safe journeys during the winter.

As one of the largest and most prominent employing organisations in Greater Bristol, we have an obligation to reduce the impact of our daily activities on the environment, residents and other businesses near our main campuses

James Morvan, Travel Engagement Project Officer at UWE explained: “Travel accounts for a massive 49% of our overall carbon emissions at UWE, with the majority of this coming from commuter travel by staff and students. As one of the largest and most prominent employing organisations in Greater Bristol, we have an obligation to reduce the impact of our daily activities on the environment, residents and other businesses near our main campuses.

“joinmyjourney complements a range of sustainable transport initiatives at UWE to cut peak time congestion, including dedicated car share spaces, flexible working, increasing bus services during term times, the launch of a cycle loan scheme, free bike repairs, improved facilities for cyclists and electric pool cars.”

How joinmyjourney works

Users specify the start point (via postcode) and the end point of their journey.  Using an interactive map they identify potential sharers on the route, and can also specify their preferred mode (walk, cycle or car). Users then choose to message other users who most closely fit their needs, to plan their journey share, and the way can be easily amended if the default route doesn’t match the user’s preferred journey. 

Once registered, users can also specify other key information, such as the days and times that they usually travel and state their preferences – i.e smokers, non-smokers, or to only share with somebody of the same sex, etc.

Advice on how to journey share safely is also provided, while users need to be working full-time, part time or contracted by an employer with an official work or student email address, to take part.  

W: joinmyjourney.org

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