More staff and students than ever before are using sustainable modes of travel to and from the University.
The results of the Staff and Student Travel Survey 2018, which was completed by 1,366 staff members and 1,818 students, have just been published.
Key highlights include:
• The percentage of staff trips by modes other than the car alone has increased from 58.2% in 2011 to 69.4% in 2018 while for students it has increased from 79.9% in 2011 to 86.6% in 2018.
• Less staff are travelling to work by car alone – reduced from 41.8% in 2011 to 30.6% in 2018
• The percentage of staff trips by cycling or walking has increased from 22.2% in 2011 to 27.3% in 2018
• 56% of commuting trips by students are by active travel modes
The increase in active travel is reflective of the efforts that have been made over the last three years to support walking and cycling. These have included: the Cycle to Work Scheme, Belfast Bikes docking stations, investment in new cycle parking spaces and events such as the Pedometer Challenge and Bike to Work Breakfasts.
John McCann, Travel Plan Co-coordinator, said: “We are now mid-way through our 5-year Travel Plan Strategy and the results of this survey show that we’ve hit our targets ahead of schedule. Our focus now shifts to maintaining and, indeed bettering this, moving forward.”
The Summary Findings from the Staff and Student Travel Survey 2018 are available here.