Let’s Ride Southampton!

Come and join the FREE day of cycling fun!

Let’s Ride is an initiative led by HSBC to promote cycling across the UK, involving the closure of roads across major UK cities to host the ‘Let’s Ride’ events. Let’s Ride Southampton will form part of Bike Week 2018, which is taking place nationwide from the 9th-17th June, offering a wide range of cycling events.

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Let’s Ride is coming to Southampton on Sunday 17th June, with fun, accessible, traffic-free routes through the city streets between 11am-3pm. There also is no need to drive to the event with qualified British Cycling Ride Leaders guiding routes to the start hub with pickup points from Totton, Eastleigh and Sholing!

Whether you are a keen cyclist or want to bring the family along, get yourself down to the Start Hub at Guildhall Square where there will be live music, food, drink and a range of activities to take part in on the day, including:

  •   Roller racing with Hargroves Cycles
  •   Wattbike Challenge
  •   Bling your bike up with local artists
  •   Electric Bike try out

And so much more, so sign up with the link here

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Walk to School Week

The annual Walk to School Week initiative which is run by Living Streets will be taking place from the 21st until the 25th May 2018.

Last year 400,000 children and their families took part in the challenge and got a taste of the many benefits of walking!

This initiative encourages walking amongst children by introducing fun themed challenges to take on when walking to and from school. This year’s theme focuses on the ecosystem, with challenges including the Walking Roots 5-day challenge and happy shoesday. To find out more about the challenges and to pledge click here.

Will you be swapping 4 wheels for two feet?

 

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(Source: livingstreets.org)

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Driverless pods in the Lake District

With the increasing shift towards environmentally friendly vehicles many areas within the UK are adopting sustainable travel methods.

The Lake District National Park is set to introduce electric driverless pods which will allow people to visit the National Park in an environmentally sustainable way.

The driverless pods, which were be trailed on the 27th and 28th April are electric self-driving vehicles. The pods use cutting edge technology and include sensors which are used to detect road conditions and obstacles. The pods will be used to transport people in across the National Park in a safe and environmentally friendly way.

A demonstration of the pods will be being held on-site at Brockhole on Windermere, giving the public the opportunity to experience the vehicle first-hand and to share their thoughts on this sustainable transport type.

If the driverless pods succeed at the trails they will be seen as a viable method of transport within the Lake District National Park.

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Sustrans Big Pedal 2018

As Spring has finally arrived, there’s no excuse not to put on your cycle helmet and get involved in Sustrans Big Pedal 2018, the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge. The Big Pedal will run between the 23rd April and the 4th May.

This challenge aims to encourage pupils, staff and parents to opt for two wheels instead of four for their journey to school.

Individual classes or entire schools can get involved with the scheme where the aim is to record the greatest number of pupils, staff and parents cycling or scooting to school.

A school’s best five days will determine their final position, but they can log journeys on all ten days if they wish.

All schools that are registered will be entered into daily prize draws for exciting rewards including bike stunt shows and equipment, if over 15% of your school cycle or scoot on each day of the challenge.

For more information and to register visit www.bigpedal.org.uk.

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Driverless Cars by 2021

In as little as 3 years driverless cars could be seen on UK roads. Many car manufacturers already develop vehicles that provide varying degrees of freedom for drivers, but as of yet none have provided drivers with complete autonomy.

However, it is worthwhile to note that driverless cars will only be operational under a limited set of circumstances such as weather, conditions of the road and time of day.

The UK’s Department for Transport believes driverless cars will allow people to be more mobile and productive as well as cutting emissions and reducing congestion.

It is predicted that the onset of driverless cars could be worth up to £28 billion to the UK economy by 2035 and will support 27,000 jobs.

What are your thoughts on driverless cars? Let us know by getting in touch!

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Source: BBC News

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Dockless Bike Scheme

Many UK cities have implemented cycle schemes whereby members of the public can hire a bike for a small fee offering a more sustainable and eco-friendly means to commute, and the use of dockless cycle schemes are growing in popularity with Southampton, Bristol and Newcastle amongst others participating. The use of cycle schemes such as this coincides with cities’ initiatives to improve air quality and promote sustainable modes of travel.

The influx of bicycles on UK streets has caused some concern, predominantly with the dumping of bicycles, with cycles left on footpaths and have even been vandalised!

To address this, preventative measures are being implemented throughout UK. Dockless cycles have been fitted with GPS technology which triggers an alarm if cycles travel beyond the urban centre, meaning that all bicycles will remain in their designated city. Additionally, street wardens to look after and redistribute bikes, which will help to ensure that cycles are not left in obstructing locations.

Following ongoing improvements to the scheme, why don’t you get involved and try the dockless cycling scheme today.

Operators include:

YoBike: Southampton and Bristol

ofo: Norwich, Cambridge, Oxford, Hackney, Islington and the City of London

Mobike: Newcastle, Ealing and Manchester

Urbo: Waltham Forest

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WOW- Walk Once A Week

Active travel incentives to get children walking to school cost little but can have a big impact on congestion and people’s heath. Schemes such as Walk Once a Week or WOW is living streets’ year round walk to school challenge, which typically increases the number of primary school pupils walking all or part of the way to school by 23%.

The programme rewards children who walk to school at least once a week for a month with collectable badges. To make winning even more fun the scheme gets children from across the UK to design these badges in an annual competition, including a downloadable app to make them come to life!

According to WOW research only half of primary school children walk to school, with school trips accounting for almost one quarter of traffic on the road! This is despite 95% of households living within a 20 minute walk/bus journey from their local primary school.

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Schools can get involved in the WOW initiative through a funded living streets project or on their own. Working alongside WOW gives schools the opportunity to organise events with locally based co-coordinators, including a visit from ‘Strider’ (the WOW mascot) or setting up a park & stride scheme. Working alongside living streets schools can help to identify and overcome their barriers to walking. The cost per pupil per year is only £1.43!

Want to encourage walking at your school? Why not sign up and join the WOW campaign and see how you can encourage pupils and parents to walk to school! Let us know how many badges you collect by using @pbatravel on social media.

Click here to find out how you can take part.

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