Why is green travel so important?

Travel accounts for at least 20% of the average UK person’s carbon emissions. Long-haul flights may increase this to 50% Since most forms of transport rely on oil, improvements are important in tackling both climate change and declining oil. This does involve us thinking about transport differently and reducing our current reliance on the car. There are strong financial reasons to change our transport habits too: the average household spends more than £60/week on travel.

The transport group

In the green travel group we are exploring ways that transport can be made more environmentally friendly, while allowing us to continue to travel as we would like (as far as possible). For example, the group has:

  • run a successful maintenance cycle maintenance workshop
  • contributed to the District’s popular Green Travel Map and the individual Eynsham Map
  • advised where cycle parking should go in Eynsham and local areas.

We are currently looking at more bicycle maintenance workshops, the possibility of starting a car club, and lobbying to get a cycle route between Eynsham and Botley (West Oxford).

If you are interesting in any area of our work, joining the group, helping out at events, or just want to learn more about what you can do to travel Green, please contact Nicholas Goodwin – tel 01865 460 188.


Small changes can make a difference. You could try to use the train or bus more often or increase your local cycling and walking – see the Green Travel Map for local information. You can use Cyclestreets to plot a route by bike or, to get from A to B by public transport, check Traveline.

If you drive… drive smarter and arrange to share journeys when possible. We would be interested to hear people’s experiences.

Air travel is very bad for carbon emissions so consider braving the great British weather and holiday more locally where you can. Or go by train or ship, using the help of The Man in Seat 61!