Minister Kelly launches SMARTER TRAVEL CAMPUS

 
 
Minister of State for Public and commuter Transport, Alan Kelly TD today launched a new initiative, the ‘Smarter Travel Campus’ which is being offered to third level institutions in Ireland.
The Smarter Travel Campus programme is a free, voluntary package offered to Third Level Institutions engaged in a programme of mobility management. Benefits of engagement include reduced costs associated with parking; enhanced ‘green’ profile’, and more active travel by both students and staff.
 
Resources available through Smarter Travel Campus include:
·         Hands-on, site-specific advice from experienced Facilitators,
·         Information on funding opportunities
·         Student and employee travel survey and analysis of results
·         Private group on carsharing.ie
·         Access to Partner Seminars & networking events
·         Inter-Partner walking/ cycling challenges, and
·         Information and assistance with on-campus promotions
This new programme is being implemented by the National Transport Authority with funding from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and builds on the success of the Smarter Travel Workplaces programme.
Speaking today, Minister Kelly said:  “The Smarter Travel Workplaces programme has been a real success story. More than 100 Partner workplaces are currently engaged, with an accumulated employee and student base of almost 250,000 people. For example, of 25 workplaces with established workplace travel plans, 76% reported a reduction in car driver trips. Of this surveyed group, an average reduction in car driver trips of 18% was reported, with 7 workplaces achieving more than a 20% reduction in car driver trips. Cycling also increased in the majority of workplaces that were surveyed, with an average increase of an astounding 156%.”
“Now we are taking things a step further; the Smarter Travel Campus programme offers your Third Level Institution the opportunity to achieve your own successes, through this free, voluntary package which will assist  with issues relating to access to, or movement through, your campus, through the promotion of walking, cycling, public transport and carsharing. We will place greater emphasis on the needs of students and focus on how we will encourage and support them in choosing Smarter Travel. I hope that after today you will all continue in your efforts to work towards the ambitious targets to reduce the need to travel, to reduce journeys by car and to encourage more sustainable modes of transport as set out in Government Policy Smarter Travel – A Sustainable Transport Future by signing up to the Smarter Travel Campus Programme. I have every confidence that together we can achieve these targets.
ENDS
Issued by:
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport Press Office. Tel: (01) 6041090/ (086) 8915570.
Notes to Editors:
Third level campuses are unique workplaces - particularly the larger institutions where the population equivalent of a small town travels on site over the course of the semester. Compared to another workplace, the volume of students, employees and visitors travelling to a campus during the academic year makes campus travel planning both a unique challenge and opportunity.

Image attached:  Minister Kelly with UCD students at the launch

Initial Publication Date: 
18/04/2013