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Bulwer Avenue traffic morning rush hour

Travel Plans - what are they?

In the UK several thousand organisations have developed (green) travel plans - packages of measures to reduce car driving (particularly sole occupancy), and support alternatives.  The trick is to find the right mix of measures to suit individual circumstances.

The Department for Transport has undertaken a research study, featuring 20 UK organisations, and has found that as a result of their travel planning, organsiations achieved between 15 and 18% reduction in the proportion of commuter journeys being made by car.  These employers included hospitals, local councils, schools and colleges and both major and small companies.

Among the measures used to reduce car dependence were:  developing a car sharing data base, encouraging walking and cycling, working with public transport operators to negotiate changes more suited to staff, restricing on-site car parking spaces, providing financial incentives to those who arrive without a car, giving preferential parking to car sharers and supporting alternative work practices which reduce the need to travel.

A useful website: www.bettertransport.org.uk

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Anthea Nicholson (DfT), John Elliott (Pfizer), Richard Armitage, Stephen Joseph OBE (Transport 2000)

Travel Plans Conference 2003

In October 2003 Living Streets (formerly STEPS) organised a conference on Travel Plans, bringing over from the UK four key speakers.  The conference was financially supported by the Traffic Committee and the Board of Health.  Over 50 delegates took part from all walks of Guernsey life.

Since then Living Streets has been trying to encourage businesses and the States of Guernsey to develop workplace travel plans.

Royal Bank of Canada Wellness Day 2011

Living Streets provided information to the Royal Bank of Canada's Wellness Day in January.  The company was looking to promote sustainable transport to their staff and we were asked to give them some information about walking to work.

Guernsey is such a small island that it should be possible for many staff to walk to work.  With the help of Digimap we produced maps showing a one mile and two mile walking distance from RBC's offices in both Guernsey and Jersey.  One mile is about a 20 minute walk.

We also provided an A4 sheet with information about the benefits of walking and how to keep safe on the roads at night.

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Cordier Hill children walking home from school

School Travel Plans

Over the years we have worked with schools to help them develop School Travel Plans (STP) in order to reduce congestion around the school gate. 

La Houguette School has been successful in encouraging more children to use the school bus.  La Houguette has a wide catchment area from the Forest, through Torteval and St. Pierre du Bois and St. Saviour.  Living Streets helped the school analyse a questionnaire sent to parents which asked how many would be prepared to use the school buses.  We then plotted the location of those interested on a digimap.  This information was then used to re-vamp the school bus service.

Living Streets has also helped Capelles, St. Martin and Castel Primary schools and St. Mary and St. Michael.

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Richard Armitage and David Jeffs survey the car park

Business Travel Plans

In 2004 Living Streets (formerly STEPS) convened a seminar on travel plans which was held as part of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) lunch time seminars and we arranged for Consultant Richard Armitage to speak directly to HR professionals.  

The Princess Elizabeth Hospital, under the previous Director of Public Health, Dr. David Jeffs, was the first to convene a travel plan group.  One of the greatest complaints from visitors to the hospital was the fact that they couldn't find anywhere to park and this prompted the need for a travel plan.  The Hospital plotted the home addresses of their staff to see whether there were possibilities for car sharing.  A new bike shelter was installed right near the front entrance to encourage more staff to cycle to work. 

Living Streets in Guernsey
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Association of Guernsey Charities No. 259

"Campaigning for better streets and public spaces for people on foot"

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