Get behind the future! Get active, share rides, drive less, buy electric or go public! Making a switch to more sustainable travel options saves money, can provide real health benefits, as well as creating opportunities to meet your neighbours or other co-travellers.
Transport generates the second largest portion of greenhouse gas in New Zealand. Overall, 59% of the oil used for transportation is by private cars. This dirty habit of ours has multiple and significant economic, health and environmental implications.
The time to change your travel habits is now!
Most people have options to driving alone in their car. Try to do just one thing different - whether travelling locally (school or work), commuting longer distances or travelling overseas! Check out the nearest cycle path. Test the new public transport apps (AT Journey Planner), find out about car-share and car-pooling options. Become a virtual meeting “professional”. And for the trips you have to make - reduce your carbon footprint even further through an appropriate carbon offset scheme. And if you plan on driving- buy electric next time!
Drive Less: I will cut my car trips - only taking necessary trips and combining activities (first steps)
1 point per kilometre saved
Replace one trip I usually take by car with public or active transport (first steps)
1 point per kilometre travelled
Meet Virtually: I will conduct meetings by phone or Skype (next steps)
3 points per kilometre saved
Offset Carbon:I will pay for a carbon offset when I buy a plane ticket (next steps)
3 points per flight
Drive Smart: I will google Auckland's car share and car pool options and register my interest in one (next steps)
Car Smart: I will research the electric vehicle market and plan now to switch at my next car upgrade (next steps)
3 points per week
Travel smart: I will ensure all my journeys to work or school are by walking, cycling, taking a bus, train or ferry or carpooling (stretch)
5 points per kilometre
Transport contributes 30% to Auckland’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Electric bike sales are going through the roof - with 20,000 this year in NZ, they are becoming mainstream.
The NZ government has a target of 64,000 electric vehicles by 2021.
If you swapped your second car for an e-bike, you could save $10,000 per year!
The “e-bike” grin is what you do with your face when you ride a bike again, and feel like when you were a kid!