Travelling Around Crediton the Sustainable Way

2 May 2020

Here are some thoughts on sustainable travel, from Karoline Gore. For that time in the future when we can look forward to getting out more!

From 2016 to 2018, vehicle registration in Britain fell 11 percent. As concerned citizens become more aware of their options for transportation, motoring takes a back seat to more sustainable forms like biking and ride sharing. There are plenty of reasons to celebrate all that is being done in the name of sustainability in the UK, but there is still more to do to make our world cleaner for future generations of Crediton residents.

Biking About Town

Living a sustainable life is a bit like riding a bicycle: once you learn, you are not likely to forget how it works. Biking is one of the simplest ways you can help cut down on dangerous emissions. Take advantage of the community's beautiful scenery and accessibility, and run your weekend errands by bike rather than motoring about town. Saddlebags can hold all your produce and reviewing common cycling traffic signs can help you stay safe on the roads in Crediton and the surrounding areas.

Responsible Motoring

There are ways to get from one place to another in an eco-friendly vehicle. It starts with understanding the quality ratings of your car, followed by learning how your car might affect the environment. When shopping for a green vehicle, consider a hybrid or one that uses an alternative fuel source, rather than petrol. We know that fossil fuels will not last forever, so now is the time to utilise renewable energy sources to keep our vehicles moving and slow climate change.  

Travelling in Groups

If you have neighbours or mates in the same office, why not take turns motoring to work together? Sharing rides is a great way to cut down on the number of vehicles on the road and get everyone where they need to go. A carpool also adds a bit more social time to your day and gives you a chance to take a break from driving your vehicle a few days a week. Or better yet, ditch the vehicle altogether and look up the bus routes in your part of town to see if you could share your ride with others heading in the same direction.

Changing your motoring habits is not always easy, but with a bit of research and effort, you can go a long way in helping create sustainable transportation solutions for our community. Crediton and the entire surrounding area is a beautiful place to live and work, and it's up to us to keep it that way for many years to come.

Karoline Gore