19th May 2004

 

GREEN TRAVEL OPTIONS AT UNIVERSITY

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Staff and students at the University of Lincoln are being encouraged to go green by changing the way they travel to and from the campus.

 

An online travel survey is to be launched tomorrow (Thursday) aimed at finding out how people travel and how they could get to and from the university in a more environmentally friendly way.

 

The university has teamed up with sponsors The Earth Collection, Lincolnshire RoadCar, Arrow Cycles and Tesco to tempt staff and students with prizes.

 

The top prize of a £200 wardrobe makeover for the summer courtesy of The Earth Collection is on offer to anyone completing the online sustainable travel survey, which will run from 20th May until 27th May.

 

Runner up prizes include a free monthly travel card for use within Lincoln from Lincolnshire RoadCar, a cycle helmet from Arrow Cycles of Lincoln and ten £20 Tesco vouchers.

 

“Road transport is the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions which cause climate change,” said Kate Hiseman, Energy Manager at the university.

 

“Road traffic in England is forecast to increase by up to 25 per cent by 2010. We are already seeing the negative impacts of increased car use through longer journeys to work, ill health and obesity and more accidents.

 

“The university is looking at ways in which we can alleviate some of these pressures by determining opportunities for car sharing, walking, cycling and the use of public transport through a sustainable transport plan.

 

“Throughout the summer we will be identifying action that needs to be taken to provide staff and students with a better service and a wider choice of transport options.”

 

Prize winners will be notified on Friday 28th May and prizes will be presented at 2pm on the same day by Karen Inglis of The Earth Collection.

 

Did you know..?

 

·               27 per cent of all the carbon dioxide emissions in the UK are from transport

 

·               If you drive under 8,000 miles a year, being car-free could save you money

 

·               If half of UK motorists received a lift one day a week, pollution would be

         reduced by 10 per cent and traffic jams by 20 per cent

 

·               Cycling at 10 to 20mph can be the fastest way to travel in urban peak hours

 

·               Regular cyclists typically enjoy a fitness level equivalent to being ten years

          younger that the rest of the population

 

·               Bus users breathe a third less pollution than car users

 

·               A UK motorist produces more than two tonnes of carbon dioxide in a year

 

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Picture caption:  From left to right, Mike Cook, Staff Development Officer, Kate Hiseman, Energy Manager and Darius Laws, President of the Students’ Union Co-operative.

 

For more information contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

Visit our news web pages:      www.lincoln.ac.uk/news