Welcome to the Limerick Smarter Travel Campus Page
The Limerick Smarter Travel Campus Programme is being implemented in association with the National Transport Authority’s Smarter Travel Campus programme.
University and college campuses are generally viewed as positive environments for the application of a travel behaviour change initiative. Mirroring the growth in vehicle ownership and use in broader society, campuses have faced increasing pressure to mitigate the effects of this traffic and, if, possible, restrict it.
What is a Campus Travel Plan?
A CampusTravel Plan (sometimes referred to as a Workplace Travel Plan or Mobility Management Plan) is an on-going strategy that facilitates, promotes, and encourages sustainable, active, and healthy modes of travel and helps reduce single-occupancy car use for journeys to and from a third level institution.
Campus Travel Plans consist of a package of measures which, if implemented, support more sustainable and cost-effective travel habits among students, employees and visitors.
These plans comprise actions to promote walking, cycling, public transport, car-sharing, the use of technology instead of travel, or flexible working practices. Travel Plans usually focus on commuting, but can include business travel or suppliers/ visitors coming on to campus.
Why should a campus have a CampusTravel Plan?
Experience shows that travel plans and promotion of sustainable travel have helped campuses reduce travel mileage and associated costs without compromising on service, as well as improving the campus for staff, students, and visitors. Often, issues around car parking demand, congestion and pollution have been resolved, while the campus has become more accessible for staff, students and visitors. Staff and student health and fitness has also improved, often reducing the number of sick days while promoting a better work or study/life balance. Consideration of sustainable travel or publishing a Campus Travel Plan also meets demands for corporate social responsibility (Green Campus) and has, in some cases, helped win planning permission for new or expanded sites.
How does a Campus Travel Plan work?
A Campus Travel Plan usually combines measures to reduce the need to travel in the first place, with encouragement to consider different ways to travel, including car-sharing, cycling, public transport and walking. Because the needs of every campus are different, we work with each campus to identify their needs and build a package of suggestions and recommendations around them. To do this, we will analyse staff and student surveys to understand their travel behaviour, and assist in carrying out a site audit to identify any specific issues or needs at your location.
Find out more....
Step 1: Getting Started - How to create a business case and sign up
Step 2: Survey - How to review your campus' existing situation
Step 3: Action Plan - How to compile your Campus Travel Plan
Step 4: Implementation - How to implement your Campus Travel Plan
Step 5: Monitoring & Evaluation - How to monitor progress
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