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Cars account for 13% of the UK's total CO2 emissions, and yet nearly a quarter of all car journeys are under two miles. There are many ways of cutting down your car journeys in Ceredigion, including using Public Transport, Car-Sharing, Walking, and Cycling. Ceredigion County Council is committed to supporting environmentally-friendly travel. On this page you will find more information on Green Travel.

Why Travel Green?

  • Travelling by public transport or under your own power is cheaper than driving.
  • Green Transport is better for the environment than driving, especially for short journeys.
  • Ceredigion is well connected by a network of buses.
  • There's no need to worry about parking when using the bus, walking or cycling.
  • Walking and Cycling are good exercise that all the family can enjoy.
  • Walking is easy and cheap. You don't need any equipment and it can easily fit into your daily routine.

Travel Plans

Travel Plans are schemes aimed at reducing an organisation's reliance on single car occupancy travel. They encourage measures such as:

  • Car-sharing
  • Public Transport
  • Walking and Cycling
  • Flexible working hours
  • Working from home/video-conferencing

There are numerous benefits to implementing a Travel Plan, including:

  • Reducing travel and business mileage expenses
  • Easing pressure on local parking
  • Improved health and well-being of staff
  • improved staff retention and reduced absenteeism

Good travel plans can have the effect of cutting as much as 15% of single occupancy journeys to work. This relatively small reduction results in a significant reduction in the number of miles travelled and more importantly in the congestion avoided.

Car-Sharing

Car sharing is when two or more people share a car and travel together and is aimed at reducing single occupancy car use.

Car Sharing:

  • Saves money
  • Reduces your carbon footprint
  • Helps reduce traffic congestion
  • Creates fewer parking problems
  • Provides transport in areas not serviced by public transport

For more information on car-sharing, please see the TraCC car-sharing page.

TraCC have teamed up with the UKs biggest car sharing organisation, Liftshare, and developed a car share database for the Mid Wales region called Mid Wales Carshare.

Public Transport

Using Public Transport is a great way to cut down on your carbon emissions. For more information, please see our Public Transport pages.

Cycling

Cycling is a great way to get around and get some exercise at the same time. Ceredigion is connected to the National Cycle Network, with both on and off road sections running through the County. Ceredigion also has a number of Cycle Paths, more information on which can be found here.

There are many ways to get cycling. Ceredigion has a number of cycling shops, and bicycles can also be purchased online. Interested in cycling to work? Speak to your employer about the Government's Cycle Scheme.

Information on Road Safety for cyclists in Ceredigion can be found on our Cycling Safety page. Highway Code information for Cyclists can be found here.

For a list of useful websites regarding cycling, please see our Links section.

Walking

Walking is perhaps the cheapest and easiest method of getting around- all that you need are a good pair of shoes and a few minutes a day. Walking to work, or school in the morning, or the shops not only cuts down on pollution and congestion, but is also good for you. Walking is a good form of aerobic exercise, and can lower the risk of many illnesses and health concerns.

There are many places to walk for leisure in Ceredigion, varying from coastal trails to walks over the Cambrian mountains and down into the valleys. For more information, please see our Walking in Ceredigion page, or our page on Exploring Ceredigion. You can also find information on Public Rights of Way here.

Information from the Highway Code for walkers and pedestrians can be found here. Road Safety information for Pedestrians can be found here.

Eco-driving

Fuel efficient driving

Fuel efficient driving, sometimes known as ecodriving, is an approach to driving that is ideally suited for anyone who cares about saving money on fuel and minimising their carbon impact on the environment.

It is estimated that with modern engine technology, using smart, smooth and safe driving techniques can lead to average fuel savings of 5-10% and reduce the rate of wear and tear on your car.

Before setting out:

Regular Servicing

Have your car serviced regularly and according to the manufacturer's schedule. This will help maintain the engine's efficiency. Also make sure that you use the correct specification of engine oil.

Check tyre pressures

Check tyre pressures regularly and before long journeys. Under-inflated tyres are dangerous and also increase fuel consumption by creating more rolling resistance.

Your manufacturer's handbook should give information on correct tyre pressures for your car. Note that some handbooks will also advise on tyre pressures for heavier loads.

Remove unnecessary accessories and items

Roof racks, bike carriers and other roof accessories significantly affect your car's aerodynamics and reduce fuel efficiency. It is a good idea to remove them when not in use.

Also remember that extra weight means extra fuel, so it is best to remove any items from the boot that are not necessary to your journey.

Plan ahead

It is always advisable to consult a map before any long or unfamiliar journey. Satellite navigation systems can be useful, but they don't always present you with the most common sense route.

You should plan your journeys to avoid congestion peak times. Many people forget to allow time for roadworks that might be active – you can check on the roadworks in Ceredigion by visiting our roadworks page. For longer journeys it is advisable to listen to the traffic news.

Consider using public transport for short journeys

Several short journeys can use more fuel than one long journey covering the same length. Some engines use almost twice as much fuel in the first few miles whilst the engine warms up. Some catalytic converters can take up to five miles to reach peak efficiency.

However, idling the engine before a journey, which many people are tempted do in cold weather, is not as effective in warming up the engine as people think, and it wastes more fuel than driving straight away. The AA, for example, advise not to start the engine until you are ready to go.

Behind the wheel:

Drive smoothly

Anticipate road conditions so that you drive smoothly. Avoid sharp acceleration and heavy braking.

Make the most of the vehicle's momentum. Read the road ahead and, when you know you have to slow down soon, for a speed limit marker for example, decelerate smoothly by releasing the accelerator in good time and leaving the car in gear. If you need further deceleration, apply the brakes early and gently. This not only reduces fuel consumption, it prolongs the life of your brakes and is safer.

Change up earlier

Change gear as soon as possible without labouring the engine – try changing up at an engine speed of around 2000 rpm in a diesel car or around 2500 rpm in a petrol car. This can make a large difference to fuel consumption.

Manage your speed

It is the law that you should drive within the speed limit, and there are obvious safety reasons for this. There are also economic benefits to driving within the speed limit. According to the Department for Transport, driving at 70mph uses up to 9% more fuel than at 60mph and up to 15% more than at 50mph.

Manage your electrics

Any electrical load increases fuel consumption. You should turn off your heated rear windscreen, demister blowers and headlights when you don't need to use them.

Air conditioning increases fuel consumption at low speeds. At higher speeds the effects are less noticeable. On hot days, it is more economical to open the windows when driving around town and save the air conditioning for high speed driving. Note that you should run the air conditioning at least once a week throughout the year to maintain the good condition of the system.

Important safety note:

Coasting – rolling downhill or approaching a junction with the car out of gear – is not advised because the driver does not have full control of the vehicle. When coasting, you lose the ability to suddenly accelerate out of tricky situations, and you also lose engine braking, which takes some of the load off the brakes on down hill stretches and helps to avoid brake fade (overheated brakes require harder pedal pressures to stop the vehicle). Changes in vehicle fuel systems mean that coasting will not save you fuel either.

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Contact

Technical Services:

Email: technical.services@ceredigion.gov.uk
Online: Report a problem online: Problem Reporting Form
Telephone: 01545 572572
Post: Technical Services
County Hall
Market Street
Aberaeron
Ceredigion
SA46 0AT