The way we travel affects the way we live.
Over the past 50 years our towns and villages have become increasingly congested with car traffic. On a health front, this is linked to an increase in coronary heart disease and obesity, asthma and other respiratory illnesses, as well as an increase in noise and visual pollution.
Did you know?
- That in 6,000 miles a car will produce roughly its own weight in CO2?
- It’s your shortest journeys that are the most damaging to the environment and health. Short journeys can also reduce the life of your engine and catalytic converter significantly.
- On average we each make 19 trips by car every week. By making a small change, and leaving your car at home for one or two of these journeys, you could make a big difference.
At the same time, rural residents are more car dependent. Those who live in rural areas who do not have access to a car for transport are becoming increasingly isolated.
What is Travelwise?
ACT TravelWise is a national sustainable transport campaign branding. The National TravelWise Association (NTWA) is a network of local authorities, health and passenger transport executives working together to promote healthy and sustainable transport.
The aim of TravelWise is to reduce society's dependence on car use by:
- raising awareness of environmental, health, economic and social effects of car use
- changing attitudes towards car use
- promoting more sustainable modes of travel, and lifestyles which require less travel
- encouraging action to change travel behaviour and reduce unnecessary car use