Five ways to travel sustainably this World Car Free Day
There’s something about September that says ‘sustainable’, even if it is just the numerous awareness events happening this month. This week we have World Car Free Day (Friday 22 September), TravelWise Week (16-22 September), and National Liftshare Week (18-24 September).
Take a look at the range of local promotions and events on to recognise these and help you choose a greener way to travel.
15% off day rider tickets purchased on World Car Free Day and a £2 fare cap on single tickets.
On World Car Free Day, Beryl is running a 20% off ‘minute bundles’ promotion all day, redeemable with a code found in the app. This code can be applied in the promotions section of the app before purchasing a minute bundle.
Alternatively, until Saturday 30 September, riders across the BCP Council area can grab a free 30-minute journey on a Beryl pedal bike between 5am and 10am, seven days a week.
Run by Dorset Police, going to a bike tagging event will get your bike’s details added to the national police-approved database as well as marking and protecting your bike with a free security marking kit.
These are usually promoted on Facebook, and the next events are taking place as below:
- Wednesday 20 September, 10am-12pm, BH2 bike racks, Bournemouth
- Friday 22 September, 2-3pm, Saxon Square, Christchurch
- Friday 22 September, 3-4pm, Churchill Gardens, Boscombe
- Saturday 23 September, 10.30am-12.30pm, Castlepoint Shopping Centre
If public transport or active travel isn’t an option on your way to work, a great way of saving money and carbon emissions is by sharing a lift. Liftshare is one of many platforms you can use to match and share your journey with those on a similar commute to you.
New members who register before Wednesday 4 October can unlock 500 bonus Nectar points at Esso when registering, or if you’re already a member, you can add a journey or update an existing one to be in with a chance of winning one of five £100 Love2Shop e-giftcards.
While there are no train-specific promotions running this month the train is a fast, efficient and sustainable means of travel. Some ways you can save money on your fares include:
- buying tickets in advance,
- splitting your fare – there are several websites that help you do this,
- using a rail card when applicable,
- taking advantage of flexible commuting, and travelling outside of peak times, and
- travelling in groups for leisure trips.