Sustainable travel issues cut across the spectrum of sustainability considerations including health and well-being, financial and resource efficiency, global responsibility and community relations. Implementing successful travel initiatives can act as a catalyst for positive change for the university community on all these issues.
As a multi-campus university spanning Cheltenham and Gloucester, a focus on sustainable travel is important to us. We are invested in minimizing our impact to support local, national and international carbon reduction targets. We are also commitment to building positive community partnerships by encouraging staff and students to opt for travel which reduces impact on local congestion and parking within the localities of our campuses.
Inter-campus cycling at the University of Gloucestershire – See below for cycle route maps and a Hyperlapse video of a safe route between Park and FCH
Our commitment to sustainable travel includes:
- commuting to work and study by staff and students
- inter-campus travel by staff and students
- travel to our campuses by visitors and external partners
- travel on university business including site visits, field trips and conferences
- travel to and from university at start and end of term by students
- transport for new estates developments and relocations
University of Gloucestershire was Highly Commended in the annual EAUC Green Gown Awards for our Sustainable Transport work in 2005.
Policy and Initiatives
Sustainable Travel Action Plan (STAP) – The University has a comprehensive STAP and is quantifying the impact of travel patterns in terms of carbon emissions. It has used survey data from 2013 to help set baselines to encourage responsible travel, with two key proposed targets:
- The University of Gloucestershire will reduce the percentage of staff commuting by single occupancy vehicle (SOV) by 5% by 2018.
- The University of Gloucestershire will increase the percentage of students commuting by bicycle to 10% by 2018.
Planning Agreements – Sustainable travel actions are incorporated into local government planning agreements for the University’s Pittville campus development in Cheltenham and the expansion of Oxstalls campus in Gloucester. The planning agreements and targets incorporate reduced parking spaces for cars, increased bicycle storage on these sites, and a long term commitment to engaging staff and students in alternative travel options to reduce the number of cars being used.
- Inter-campus Bike Scheme – Ask at an SU reception for more information on the pilot of free bike loans for students and staff
- Cycle to Work – UoG signed up to this government scheme in 2007, offering staff reduced tax bicycles for travel to work
- Secure bike storage facilities available on all University campuses
- Cheltenham and Gloucester cycle route maps for staff and students and distributed at university events
- Promotion of long term loan/refurbished bikes from Gloucestershire bike Project
- In partnership with Stagecoach Gloucestershire we offer discounted bus travel around the county for students and staff with a ‘Unirider’ ticket.
- U94 bus route – We worked with Stagecoach to improve this route which includes University stops
- Staff and students are encouraged to avoid unnecessary journeys by having virtual meetings.
- All new computers are supplied with built in webcams, speakers and microphones, and Skype is available for all staff. Details here.
- Bespoke video and teleconferencing technology is currently available in Fullwood House at Park, the Boardroom at Oxstalls and AP012 at Hardwick.
- An on-site electric vehicle is now in use by maintenance staff in the Estates Department
- The University is exploring options for electric vehicle charging points on our sites
Cycle Routes and Maps
Both Cheltenham and Gloucester are mostly flat, have a well-developed network of cycle routes and an established cycling culture.
Detailed guides to cycling between campuses have been created by the Sustainability Team. Routes, distances and journey times between all campuses can be found below:
- Travel between Park and FCH / Hyperlapse Video for a minimal traffic route
- Travel between Park and Oxstalls
- Travel between Oxstalls and FCH
- Travel between Oxstalls and Pitville
- Travel between FCH and Pitville
- Travel between Park and Pitville