Change the Way you Travel
In Devon, transport accounts for 29% of all our greenhouse gas emissions. There are many ways to cut down the carbon produced when we travel, such as taking public transport, car-sharing, or switching to active travel. Check out our short video for hints & tips to reduce your transport emissions!
Travel Devon: one-stop shop for sustainable travel in Devon
Travel Devon is Devon County Council’s travel advice service, and our Travel Devon website is your one-stop shop for sustainable and active travel information in Devon. Please find a selection of Travel Devon’s guidance and support offers below.
Travel Devon: Switch to Active Travel
68% of all car journeys taken across the UK are under 5 miles (and 23% are under 1 mile) and transport is one of the largest contributors to Devon’s carbon footprint.
If we just had just one car free day every week, we could save over £120 a year on petrol bills and around 300 kilograms of CO2 emissions as well.
The Travel Devon website provides a range of resources and support offers to help you and your family get back on two wheels, and experience all the benefits that cycling has to offer:
- See Travel Devon’s town and city cycle maps to find the best route for you. They also have an interactive cycle map showing you all the cycle routes in Devon
- Not been on a bike for a while, and not feeling confident enough to get started? Why not book a cycle confidence session, completely free for people living in Devon. Spend 2 hours with a friendly and qualified instructor, addressing whatever would help you to start cycling.
Cycle confidence training will help with:
- Working on your general cycling skills
- Finding the most convenient and comfortable route to get from A to B
- Getting tips on how to cycle confidently on roads and in traffic
- Taking a practice ride with our instructor on a route to e.g. your commute to work
Travel Devon: Car Sharing & Public Transport
Travel Devon: Public transport Resources
Need to go a bit further afield? Check out Travel Devon’s interactive bus map to find out which service you could take to get you there. If you travel by bus regularly, you can download an e-booklet with all the timetables for your area on their website.
Travel Devon: Car sharing Resources
Considering car sharing but need help finding a car share partner? Carshare Devon is a free journey matching website which offers you the opportunity to find people travelling the same way as you. Simply register, add a regular or one-off journey you make and search over 11,200 members to find a match.
Not yet convinced about the benefits of carsharing? Complete the savings calculator and find out how much you could be saving by car sharing.
Supporting organisations to travel sustainably
Travel Devon also helps organisations in Devon to reduce the number of solo journeys to their site and associated carbon emissions, via the Travel Devon Toolkit.
Help spread the message
Reduce your flights
Aviation is the fastest growing contributor to greenhouse gas emissions at a time when we desperately need to reduce them. Although aviation currently makes up less than 5% of global emissions, this is because most people have never been on an aeroplane; the same people who will be hit first and hardest by climate breakdown.
For those who can afford it, flying can make up the single largest part of their carbon footprints. A return long-haul flight is roughly equivalent to driving for a year or eating a meat-heavy diet. Even if you take other measures to be environmentally friendly, one flight can wipe out those savings.
If you used to fly for pleasure, why not try a staycation this year, check out Explore Devon for some inspiration. Or take a trip by train or ferry – both of which have substantially lower footprints than a flight.
If you normally travel for work, can it be done via a teleconferencing meeting instead?
We appreciate there will be times when you must use your car, but there are ways to make that more sustainable.
The UK’s Driving Standards Agency proved that by driving smoothly, avoiding sharp acceleration and heavy braking, fuel consumption can be improved by over 8%. For the average Devon household that’s an extra 1,000 miles for free. And we could also reduce CO2 emissions by over 120,000 tonnes per year.
Remove the roof rack, avoid short journeys, stick to the speed limits and keep your tyres at the correct pressure. Drive smoothly and gently, avoiding hard braking or acceleration and stick to the speed limits. For more information, check out this useful guide.
Buy an EV
Plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) are fun and practical. They reduce emissions and save you money on fuel and running costs.
EVs also reduce the emissions that contribute to smog, improving public health and reducing ecological damage. Charging your EV on a renewable electricity tariff minimizes these emissions even more.
Lots of vehicles now have electric options, so you’re spoiled for choice! Have a read of this article from ZapMap which provides guides on the models available and covers some of the common questions about charging away from home.