What is Sustainable Transport?
Sustainable transport aims to:
- reduce air pollution and traffic congestion
- provide healthy options for individuals and the community
- be affordable for individuals and the community
- meet the transport needs of today’s society without compromising the needs and environment of future generations
Transport is the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions in Australia accounting for approximately 15 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gases.
TravelSmart is a website about reducing our reliance on cars and making more sustainable transport choices. It contains information and links to resources including car pooling, car sharing, community programs, cycling, passenger transport, school programs and School programs and walking
Walking for shorter trips like taking the kids to school, going to the shops or to visit local community areas, can help to improve your personal health, save you money in fuel and helps to reduce traffic congestion, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
- Walk Safely to School Day is a Pedestrian Council of Australia initiative. The annual event encourages primary school children to safely walk and commute to school and learn about safe road behaviour, health and improving the environment by reducing dependency on cars. Click here to find out more information Walk Safely to School.
- Walk to Work Day is a Pedestrian Council of Australia initiative. The annual event encourages employers and employees to add regular walking into their daily routine to promote health and improve our environment by reducing car dependency. To register your organisation click here Walk to Work
Pedestrian Council of Australia
www.Walk.com.au. (Walk Safely to School Day and/or Walk to Work Day)
Public transport provides many of the same benefits as walking. For more information click here Public Transport (http://www.blacktown.nsw.gov.au/our-city/access-around-the-city/public-transport.cfm)
Transport Infoline provides public transport users in and accurate transport service information for trains, buses and ferries in the Greater Sydney Metropolitan Area (including Newcastle and the Central Coast, Wollongong and the Illawarra).
Cycling is a great way to keep fit, enjoy the great outdoors and see many of the sights around the local area. Blacktown City Council is dedicated to providing a network of off-road cycling tracks and making on-road cycling safer. For more information on cycle ways, maps and places to go then click here for the Bike Plan Blacktown Bike Plan 2013
- NSW Bike Week is a NSW government initiative that raises the profile of cycling as a healthy, easy, low cost and environmentally friendly way of getting around for short trips in your local community. For further information NSW Bike Week
The Australian Bicycle Council's role is to oversee and coordinate implementation of the Australian National Cycling Strategy 2011-16.
Car-pooling is a good option for people without access to public transport. Car-pooling gives you a chance to get to know your colleagues, friends and/or neighbours better and it reduces the number of cars on the road. Try the carpooling website Western Sydney Carpool for more info.
Western Sydney Carpool
When you look for a new car you can save money on fuel and reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions by choosing a more fuel efficient car or a hybrid vehicle. The Green Vehicle Guide rates new Australian vehicles based on greenhouse and air pollution emissions. Read more at Green Vehicle Guide
Hybrid cars are more fuel efficient than conventional cars. Depending on the particular vehicle and driving conditions, they can use less than five litres of fuel per 100 kilometres, saving their owners money on fuel costs and emitting less air pollution and greenhouse gases.
No matter what car you drive now, you can make it as fuel efficient as possible by:
- inflating your tyres to the correct pressure, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions
- servicing your car on a regular basis in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions
- only using the air conditioner when necessary, as it uses more fuel.
Did you know?
- it takes 17 trees to absorb the carbon dioxide produced by the average car in a year?
- if every driver in NSW reduced their road travel by one kilometre a day, 130 million litres of fuel would be saved and with every litre of petrol saved, greenhouse pollution is reduced by 2.9 kilograms (that’s 377,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas saved!).
The Department of Infrastructure and Transport is responsible for managing policy and standards development on vehicle emissions, vehicle noise and fuel consumption labelling. It provides input on fuel quality issues and manages the environmental criteria for the fuel tax credit for heavy diesel vehicle operators.
The Green Vehicle Guide is hosted by the Department of Infrastructure and Transport. It rates all new Australian passenger, four-wheel drive and light commercial vehicles based on fuel consumption, and greenhouse and air pollution emissions. It also includes data on all models sold from 2004 onwards.
Did you know that the difference in fuel economy between a good eco-driver and a non eco-driver can be up to 35%? Eco-driving is about driving in an environmentally conscious and energy saving way to save you money and helps the environment by reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse emissions. Click here for tips to becoming a better eco-driver NSW RTA Eco-Driving Tips.
CleanRun EcoDrive is an initiative aimed at improving driver safety, encouraging the practice of corporate responsibility and reducing the operational and fuel costs involved with cars, along with the associated health and environmental impacts.
What you can do:
- Catch public transport whenever possible
- Skip one car trip each week, walk or cycle instead – it’s healthier too!
- Participate in Walk to Work Day or start a walking school bus
- Choose an efficient of hybrid vehicle
- Offset your vehicle emissions
- Maintain your car and drive economically
- Reduce number of trips by combining errands