Sustainable transport can save you money, improve your health and reduce your environmental footprint.
- Walk for short trips. Walking helps reduce body fat, lower blood pressure and is free. It may also take less time than you think. Studies have shown that most people will underestimate time related to car journeys and overestimate the time it will take to walk. The average walking pace is six kilometres per hour and if you walk you don’t need to find a car bay when you arrive.
- Cycle instead. Switching a ten kilometre journey per week from your car to your bike will burn around 300 calories each way and can save over 300 kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions each year.
Did you know?
Peak hour city trips up to ten kilometres in length are generally faster by bike than any other form of transport, door to door. A five to ten kilometre ride will take about 15 to 30 minutes.
- Plan your journey. Use Transperth’s Journey Planner to check if there is convenient active transport option for a trip you take regularly.
- Consider car-pooling. Car-pooling is a great way to share costs of fuel and parking and to break the monotony of your daily commute.
- Check your ticket. Tickets for many major sporting and cultural events in Perth include free public transport to and from the event. Skip the hassle of traffic and parking.
- Think ahead. Bundle a number of small errands into one trip to save time and fuel. Consider if a phone call, email or letter would do instead.
- Have a local adventure. Next time you are planning an outing or holiday, consider having some fun close to home.
- Make low emissions a priority. When purchasing a vehicle use the Australian Government's Green Vehicle Guide to compare the fuel efficiency, greenhouse and safety ratings of the vehicles you are considering.
- Enjoy the sunshine. We have an ideal climate for active transport, with on average 3,200 hours of sunlight per year – get out there and enjoy it.
- Green Driving. If you can’t avoid using a car reduce your impact by employing these green driving techniques:
- Regularly check your tyre pressure. Under-inflated tyres can increase fuel consumption by three per cent and take 10,000 kilometres off the tyre's life.
- Service your car regularly. A well-tuned car can use 15 per cent less fuel.
- Slow down. Driving at 90 kilometres per hour uses 25 per cent less fuel than travelling at 110 kilometres per hour.
- Don't idle. If you are stopping for more than ten seconds, turn your car off.
- Drive smoothly. Stopping and starting uses more fuel.
- Open your window rather than using your air conditioner when travelling at under 70 kilometres per hour. Air conditioning can increase fuel consumption by ten per cent. At speeds above this, the drag caused by having your window down will use more fuel than the air conditioning.
- Screw on your fuel cap firmly to avoid evaporation and leaks when turning corners.
- Travel light. Don't use your car to store heavy equipment for long periods of time, an extra 50 kilograms of weight increases fuel consumption by two per cent.
- Remove roof racks and anything fixed to the outside of your car when they are not in use to minimise wind resistance.