Supporting Sustainable Travel for University Students - News from Broxap

Many university students either live on campus or within walking distance – however some students are not making smart choices when it comes to their method of travel.

Many students rely on their own cars or pay for taxis to take them to their desired location. This is both expensive, and also has a negative impact on the individual’s carbon footprint.

Students who choose a more sustainable method of travel can save themselves on average approximately £3,000 per year.

Sustainable travel is the way to go, so read on for more information on how you can incorporate it into your day to day student lifestyle…

Students living on or very close to campus.

Students who live either on or very close to campus should aim to walk to and from university every day.

This will have a positive impact on the individual’s carbon footprint, as well as improving their overall health too!

A brisk morning walk to your first lecture of the day will provide you with plenty of health benefits, these include but are not limited to:

Burning calories – Walking can help you to burn approximately 100 calories per mile you walk! That will help you to burn off your morning banana.

    Improve overall lung health – Walking is a cardio-vascular exercise meaning that it will help to increase your lung capacity and generally improve your respiratory health.

    Improve daily outlook - Walking in the morning before class will help to improve your overall mood, thus resulting in a more positive outlook for the rest of that day!

Students, much like the rest of us, often dislike the idea of walking due to the unpredictable British weather. However, more and more campuses are erecting covered walkways which will allow their students to enjoy the morning walk, without the fear of succumbing to the adverse weather conditions.

Students living in and around the city.

A lot of students will live on campus during their first year of university. When they enter their second year, students tend to move further from campus, and more towards the outskirts of the city.

This therefore makes their commute slightly longer. However, most will still be within walking or cycling distance.

For students who live further from campus we suggest cycling as their main form of travel.

Cycling much like walking is a ‘green’ form of travel. If you swapped the car for a bike during your daily university commute, you could save up to 36kg of carbon dioxide from being thrown into the atmosphere.

That’s about the same weight as a small deer!

More and more universities are showing their support for sustainable travel, meaning that they are increasing the amount of cycle storage facilities on campus.

Having safe and secure cycle shelters at your university campus will encourage more students to use cycling as their main transport method.

Students commuting into university.

Due to the growing cost of universities, approximately 50% of university students are living at home and commuting to their desired university location.

This means that more and more people are driving into university, resulting in more carbon dioxide being emitted into the atmosphere.

However, there are alternative options. University students should look into doing a combined commute. This is where they would travel via public transportation, and then cycle the remainder of the journey.

This is great as public transport such as trains or coaches will emit less CO2 than each of their passengers driving themselves individually.

Once they have arrived at the other side they can hire a bicycle, which in some cities can be for as low as one pound.

So long as both the University and Railway station has safe and secure cycle parking facilities, this could be a fantastic option.

Sustainable travel for all…

For those who have either a long or a short commute we believe that they should consider a more sustainable form of travel and leave their cars at home.

If every student decided to commute using the above suggestions, we could save thousands of kilograms of carbon dioxide from being emitted each year!

On top of the environmental impact, students would also save upwards of £3,000 each year by either walking or cycling!

And that’s not to mention the health benefits too!

Just ensure you stay safe, and always walk or cycle along designated paths in well-lit areas.

Head over to Broxap.com for plenty of Cycle Parking facilities, which will encourage sustainable travel at your university or college.


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