'My Journey' made easy: Small changes can save you money and keep you fit
With the ever increasing cost of fuel, and more traffic on the roads every year, now could be the time to look at how some small changes in our day to day journeys could save us some money as well as making us feel less stressed and more healthy.
My Journey is an initiative to help people look at alternatives to travelling by car by providing information, incentives and ideas for public transport, car sharing, walking and cycling.
A new website has been developed to help make planning a journey easier – whether it’s your daily commute to work, weekly trip to the shops or an occasional day out. The website will have a journey planning tool to give you different options on how you can get to where you want to go, how long it will take and what it will cost. You can use the site to find out what My Journey events are going on in your local area, get helpful tips and access up-to-the-minute traffic and travel information.
There will be many opportunities for everyone to take part in various My Journey initiatives over the coming year, whether individually or as part of an organisation. Schools and colleges are being encouraged to work through My Journey to persuade more students to walk, scoot or cycle to school.
Olympic gold medallist Dani King recently opened a new secure cycle storage unit at Barton Peveril College in Eastleigh, where she had been a student. Earlier in the day, Dani visited her old school, Hamble Primary, to encourage more pupils to take up cycling.
Nearly 700 Basingstoke residents recently took up the travel challenge to find out how easy and affordable it was to change some of their travel habits. Two of these residents, living next door to each other, hadn’t realised they both travelled nearly 40 miles to the same workplace every day. They now car share, both saving hundreds of pounds in fuel costs each year.
For the dedicated or just fair weather cyclists out there, you’ll be seeing a number of cycling events and information coming up, from bike try-out sessions, organised cycle ride events and cycle training to new maps to help you see your town in a way only possible outside a car. So, if you want to try a new way to get from A to B, and see what the benefits might be, take a look at www.myjourneyhampshire.com
Did you know?
More buses are being fitted with free wi-fi so you can sit back and keep in touch online, making the most of your travel time while someone else does the driving.