Sustainable and multi-modal transport systems are vital if we are to meet our obligations and targets on climate change. In addition to the installation of public charging infrastructure across Western Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the FASTER Project will shine a spotlight on sustainable transport options across these regions and promote alternatives to private vehicle usage as and when possible.
What is sustainable transport?
Sustainable Transport is accepted to mean any transportation system that has a reduced impact on the environment and it is also refers to the balancing of our current and future transport needs.
Transportation is one of the single biggest drivers of carbon emissions and we can all play our part in reducing the threat we face from climate change by making small changes to our every-day behaviours. Sustainable transport options include walking, cycling, public transport and car-pooling
What are the benefits of sustainable transport systems?
Sustainable transport offers a number of benefits:
- Reduces our environmental footprint – activities such as walking and cycling have almost zero impact on our environment
- Reduces congestion – with fewer private vehicles on our roads we spend less times in traffic jams meaning we arrive at our destinations faster and without unnecessary stress
- Saves money – using public transport often costs less than running a private vehicle
- Improved health and wellbeing – it has long been proven that walking and cycling are excellent promoters of improved mental and physical health
- Creates job opportunities – by introducing new transport solutions jobs are created in transportation hubs and stations and in the creation of tools, technologies and support systems
Sustainable Transport Resources
There is a range of sustainable transport resourses available:
- Public Transport – Translink NI, Transport Scotland, Transport for Ireland
- Cycling – Cycle NI, Cycling Ireland, Cycling Scotland
- Walking – Get Ireland Walking, Walk NI, Walk Highlands