We're celebrating the relaunch of the 'Travel Choices Hub' in Dunstable, following a successful funding bid to the Department for Transport’s Access Fund
Along with Luton Council and Bedford Borough Council, we have jointly been awarded over £2.2 million over the next three years to support residents to travel sustainably to work, particularly using their local train stations.
The Hub is back to full capacity offering travel advice and support to local communities. The Travel Choices Hub team will also be out and about meeting residents at local railway stations, advising them on their travel options to work, college and school.
The aim of the Travel Choices Hub is to help people to think a little differently about how they travel around, and provides information to the public on how to do so. As well as staff on site at the Hub who can help plan a cycle-friendly route for you, or loan you a bike, the Hub also hosts various events. For example, Dr Bike holds free safety checks and can resolve your bike problem using his mobile workshop. And a cycle confidence course is available free of charge to support new cyclists (including children) who need some guidance to get to grips with cycling. The Hub also offers bike security marking and gives a wide range of up-to-date local and national public transport information.
To celebrate the relaunch, the Hub will be hosting an event on 7 December with the help of charity Sustrans which will also be celebrating its 40th birthday. The celebrations will help to continue to raise awareness of the Hub and the services it provides.
Councillor Ian Dalgarno, our Executive Member for Community Services, said: "I’m delighted that we’ve secured this extra funding for The Travel Choices Hub. The Hub has previously been a big hit with local residents: last year a total of 6,186 residents visited the Hub. And we engaged with 930 employees from 43 local businesses, providing them with information on the benefits of cycling and walking. As a result, 62% said that they now walked more, 58% cycled more, 44% drove less and 34% stated that they used public transport more.
"Cycling is one of the easiest ways to fit low-impact exercise into your daily routine because it's also a form of transport. It saves you money on travel fares or running a car; gets you fit; and helps the environment. We hope that by relaunching the Hub, more local residents and businesses will be aware of the Hub and take advantage of the services it offers. Through the Hub we can help to encourage more people to travel sustainably, both now and in the future."