City’s car sharing commuters on the up

Sheffield Business Park's recent Sustainable Travel Day
Sheffield Business Park's recent Sustainable Travel Day
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More South Yorkshire commuters than ever before are opting to leave their cars at home, thanks to a city initative.

Sheffield Business Park’s green initiative was rolled out in 2004, offering a car share scheme for two or more people to share their journey to work.

And a recent travel survey, carried out by the site, has revealed the impact the scheme has had, with the total number of people driving to and from work alone decreasing in the last two years, and the number of people choosing to car share increasing. In addition, the statistics show that people choosing to walk to the office is also on the up, and cycling is a more popular choice than it was when the initiative was initially introduced.

A spokesman for the scheme said: “It’s easy, flexible and massively helps reduce fuel costs and parking problems. Many professionals have to deal with stress when travelling to work; whether it’s because of traffic congestion, relying on public transport or financial issues. The Car Share Scheme is available to try and resolve these problems and plays a part in helping the environment by reducing pollution through reducing multiple car travel.

“Benefits of car sharing include saving money on petrol costs, reducing congestion, making it easier to park - as there are less cars fighting for spaces - and making new contacts.”

And as part of the site’s ‘ongoing commitment’ to encouraging green commuting, it recently hosted a Sustainable Travel Day, showcasing the latest environmentally friendly gadgets, electric cars for people to test drive, and advice from partners including SYPTE’s Inmotion!