What's the bigger picture?

Around half of all car journeys are between 1 and 5 miles, and 2 out of 3 of all the trips we make are under 5 miles - as such, there is substantial potential to increase take-up of sustainable travel options such as walking, cycling or public transport.

Congestion is a major transport problem facing Central Bedfordshire.

The delays experienced by motorists, businesses and those using public transport is an inconvenience, impacting on our opportunities for growth.

Car journeys

Why make fewer trips by car?

There are a number of benefits to reducing car journeys:

  • fewer car journeys will reduce the CO 2 emissions that contribute to climate change

  • the fewer trips you make, the more money you save on fuel

  • nearly a quarter of all car trips are under two miles, a distance that can be cycled in under 15 minutes

  • cycling two-mile trips could save £600 per year in fuel

  • car journeys under one mile normally take 20 minutes to walk

  • walking one-mile trips could save £160 per year in fuel

  • walking and cycling on a regular basis is good for your heart and lungs, burns calories and is a good way to a healthier active life

Central Bedfordshire will be working closely with a number of partner organisations including Town Councils, NHS Bedfordshire, local businesses, Central Bedfordshire College, local community representatives and third sector organisations.