With the recent announcements from global car manufacturer, Volvo that it will stop making petrol and diesel cars by 2019 in favour of electric or hybrid models and that France plans to ban all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, the impact of transport emissions is high up on the global news agenda.
Transport accounts for around a quarter of UK greenhouse gas emissions and affects air quality at the roadside. Our reliance on cars, vans and lorries, and the consequential impact on the environment has never been more striking.
Fancy a bit of friendly competition? We want to see which SmartGo employer members can encourage the most staff to register with SmartGo throughout September!
With the growing range of discounts and incentives for both commuting and leisure journeys, there’s savings suitable for everyone. The more people that register and use the deals, the more value you get from your SmartGo membership.
Research released by the AA* suggested that 1 in 7 UK staff give their employers an unpaid extra half day every week by battling for, and protecting hard-fought workplace parking spaces.
This led Edmund King, AA President to propose that:
“encouraging car-sharing schemes or pushing for better public transport provision shows an acceptance of responsibility, rather than leaving their workers to drive round and round the car park in growing frustration while the bosses have their own reserved spaces”.
Clearly, a lot can change in a couple of years but if anything, this trend has been exacerbated by increasing demands on these spaces from employers, developers and local authorities.
Following a successful first year of the nextbike Santander Cycles MK bike hire scheme in Milton Keynes with over 50,000 rentals and over 12,500 registered users, nextbike is celebrating this success with a new offer to members of the Smartgo workplace travel network in Milton Keynes.
Smartgo members in Milton Keynes can now save 33% off annual subscriptions to the Santander Cycles MK bike hire scheme – paying just £40 instead of £60. Designed to encourage more staff to take up cycling to work or for leisure, the subscription entitles users to a free 30 minutes per ride and a 50% discount on standard hourly rates and can be used on all nextbike schemes in 130 cities worldwide.
Robin Pointon (front) launching Pick Everard’s national membership of Smartgo
with Pick Everard partner Alastair Hamilton at Leicester rail station
In the current issue of Local Transport Today (Issue 723), there is a double page feature on Smartgo, the workplace travel package developed by Go Travel Solutions. The feature written by Geoff Dudley, details the evolution of Smartgo, from working with local Leicester employer Pick Everard, to being a national scheme of over 202 employer members representing a head count of 199,000. It also details the different ways the Smartgo package can operate in areas through collaboration with other transport specialists such as WSP and the benefits it seeks to deliver.