Transport and travel
2020 strategy target: 80 per cent of daily commute journeys to be made by walking, cycling, public transport and car sharing.
Travel accounts for approximately half of our overall carbon emissions at UWE Bristol. We are working hard to reduce this figure not least because Bristol is one of the most congested cities in the UK, with all the resultant health and environmental problems associated with high levels of pollution.
What are we doing to improve travel?
In accordance with our Travel plan, we are developing our sustainable travel infrastructure. We have recently delivered:
- A student cycle loan scheme with 80 locally built bicycles available for just £50 for the year, including free lights, locks and repairs, and a helmet for a nominal fee.
- Free weekly bike repairs, bike repair training, and regular travel information stalls on all campuses.
- Two new cycle hubs at Frenchay Campus with 200 secure cycle spaces, showers, a drying room, lockers and tool stations.
- Four electric and hybrid pool cars available for Frenchay Campus staff.
- 12 free electric charging points at Frenchay Campus with more to follow at Bower Ashton Campus and Glenside Campus.
- Electric charging plate for hybrid buses – the only one in Bristol.
- Free bikes to borrow for two weeks at a time from our Centre for Sport, Frenchay Campus.
- Behaviour change initiatives and campaigns e.g. 2015 cycling campaign with The Students' Union.
What can you do?
You can help make a real difference by making more sustainable transport choices:
- Sign-up to Join My Journey for UWE Bristol staff and students to share car, bicycle or walking journeys.
- Make use of priority parking for car sharing (with a guaranteed lift home in case of emergency if your lift-share has left).
- Join a commuter guided cycle ride to UWE Bristol just off the Gloucester Road corridor on a quiet pleasant and flattish route.
- Join the Co-wheels car club for business travel so you can leave the car at home.
The Frenchay Campus Travel Plan survey results show that green transport choices to travel to UWE Bristol are growing year on year.
UWE Bristol's travel challenge
To show you just how much difference in time various ways of travelling can make - here are our travel challenge results from commuters leaving on a popular route from mid-way up Gloucester Road 3km away at 08:15 in rush hour traffic 3km away:
- Electric bike - 15 minutes
- Motorcyclist - 16 minutes
- Cyclist - 22 minutes
- Runner - 23 minutes
- Bus - 34 minutes
- Car - 48 minutes
- Walker - 51 minutes
The choice is yours.
Did you know?
Student support and projects
We are keen for students to use UWE Bristol as a living learning laboratory. We can support you by providing information and giving interviews on current policy and practice and short tours of our sustainable travel infrastructure. For full background information you will find it useful to read our Travel plan and visit the UWE Bristol Transport pages.