To celebrate Green Transport Week Travel Plan Plus will be running two events to promote sustainable travel to work.
The two events to be held (one at Cambridge Science Park and one at Cambridge Business Park) will feature the TP+ commuter stand with information on sustainable travel to work (cycle maps, bus timetables etc), employees will be able to try out the TP+ electric pool bikes and Outspoken will be in attendance with a cycle maintenance demonstration, Dr Bike mechanics and more.
Monday 15th June, Cambridge Science Park (location of former building 26 (opposite Cambridge Consultants) 11.30 - 16.30
12:00 - 13:00: Outspoken Cycle Maintenance Demonstration Session
13:30 - 16:30: Outspoken Dr Bike mechanic (on site repairs)
Friday 19th June, Cambridge Business Park (outside Mathworks, Matrix House) 11:30 - 16:30
12:00 - 13:00: Outspoken Cycle Maintenance Demonstration Session 13:30 - 16:30: Outspoken Dr Bike mechanic (on site repairs)
Dr Bike sessions (15 minutes each) should be booked in advance (first come first served). To book a session please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01223 437053. Sessions should be booked in advance by Friday 12th June.
For more information on Green Transport Week click here
Summer Cycle Challenge
The Cambridgeshire Cycle Challenge returns this June following on from the winter cycle challenge in January.
Coinciding with the National Bike week which runs from the 13th - 21st of June the Cambridgeshire Summer Cycle Challenge will run from 1st June through to the 28th June, giving cyclists the opportunity to log their rides over a 4 week period to compete individually, and in teams, against friends and colleagues whilst being in with a chance of winning some seasonal cycling goodies. The prizes available to be won range from high-vis jackets to water bottles and bike pumps to cinema vouchers for Vue cinemas.
If your company would like to get involved with running an event for the Cycle Challenge and/or National Bike Week you can contact Travel Plan Plus for help, advice and grant funding.
For more information and to register for the Summer Cycling Challenge see here
Science Park Rail Station Planning Application
Network Rail have submitted their planning application to South Cambridgeshire District Council for the proposed construction of the Cambridge Science Park.
Network Rail will be delivering the station and infrastructure in the new station area whilst Cambridgeshire County Council is building the transport links to the station including the busway extension and cycle and pedestrian links.
Click here to view the planning application for the new station, please note that comments should be submitted by 24 June 2015.
From 4 Wheeler to 2 Wheeler
This month Prajina Baisyet, TP+ Project Manager shares her experiences of switching to more sustainable modes of transport.
My previous role as an Environmental Scientist in Auckland, New Zealand involved a great deal of internal travel for work to undertake site visits. Main mode of transport would be a car and if a journey was longer than four hours, company procedure was to use domestic or international flights. On many occasions, I would travel on Sunday afternoon and return home late on Friday night. It also did not help that I used to live in Hamilton and drove 125 kms north (78 miles) to Auckland every Monday mornings at 0530 for work and returned home on Fridays. There were neither frequent train nor bus services from Hamilton to Auckland, so I had no choice but to rely on my Honda Civic. My commute lasted for approximately 5.5 years and driving alone was not overly exciting. For a very brief period (3 months), I did manage to car share with a friend who had to commute to the same destination.
At the end of June, it will be two years since I joined my husband in Cambridge. As we live in the heart of Cambridge City, we had decided very early on not to own a car and be sustainable as much as possible. In the beginning it was difficult for us to adjust to the lifestyle in Cambridge since we were so depended on our cars. Gradually, walking and use of public transport to get from point A to B started becoming a norm to us. Prior to joining the Travel Plan Plus, I used to work for a consultancy firm in Newmarket and I would catch bus no 12 to get to work. Hopping on a bus in the morning was great as the bus departed Drummer Street exactly at 0705 for Newmarket and I could read a book or relax before work. However, last bus from Newmarket back to Cambridge was at 1725 and the return journey to Cambridge varied as buses were never on time. It wasn't so much of an issue in summer but in winter, it was miserable to wait at the bus stop for over 30 minutes. I also found driving in the UK bit stressful especially converting miles to kilometres or yards to meters in my head, relying on a GPS which took the back routes via small villages, narrow single lane succeeding the main road in a short span, very difficult finding parking space in the city and hideously expensive.
Prior to moving to Cambridge, I had only owned two cycles – as a kid I received a red tricycle on my 4th birthday and when I was in Primary School I had a mountain bike. Last year in August my husband and I decided to give an attempt to cycling. We knew that our cycling skills were bit rusty so we brought two second hand mountain bikes. Provision of cycle lanes in the city has encouraged us to cycle rather than wait for buses. Both of us are enjoying the cycling experience in Cambridge especially to work as it has allowed us to incorporate some exercise in our hectic life and arrive to work revitalised. It has also helped us to completely switch from work mode to family mode and vice versa as we commute. We regularly get our hands dirty to keep up with routine maintenance to prolong the life of our bikes and have also tackled the daunting task of repairing punctured tyres ourselves. Now we are looking to invest on either a hybrid or a road bike and plan out our cycling weekend trips to villages outside Cambridge.
If we can change our mode of travel from four wheeler to a two wheeler, surely you can too. I hope you can give a two wheeler a go and discover its benefits if you haven’t already done so.
Bicycle User Group
TP+ is looking to relaunch the bicycle user group, if you would be interested in joining this group and attending meeting please email us at email@example.com
TP+ Commuter Centre Opening Times
The Travel Plan Plus Commuter Centre is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am - 4.30pm and on Wednesday by appointment only.