Locals encouraged to take part in Car Free Day

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Tauranga City Council is encouraging residents to ditch their car keys and walk, cycle, bus or e-scooter to get around on World Car Free Day tomorrow.

People in more than 2000 cities and 46 countries around the world will ditch their car keys on Tuesday, and council Director of Transport Brendan Bisley says going car-free has many benefits.

“Not so long ago we experienced lockdown at alert level 4 and during that time people used the streets, their suburbs and the city in a different way. People enjoyed more time walking, cycling and less time in cars, which meant a lot less congestion on the roads," she says. 
"World Car Free Day is an opportunity to challenge friends, family and colleagues to get out, get moving and see the benefits of leaving the car at home, even if it’s just for the day.
"There are many benefits to ditching the car in favour of biking, walking or taking the bus both mentally and physically. Reduced stress, improved health, cleaner air, less congestion and lower levels of noise and environmental pollution.
"Not paying for petrol or parking, vehicle maintenance and other running costs are other financial benefits that people might consider when choosing to make change.”
World Car Free Day coincides with Spring, which is a great time to create new travel habits.

Find out more about World Car Free Day and how you can get involved in Tauranga.
Other interesting facts

  •   •  63 per cent of Tauranga’s carbon emissions come from transport, mostly cars and trucks. (Source: Tauranga Carbon Footprint Emissions Report 2017)

  •   •  1 bus = up to 40 fewer cars on the road

  •   •  About 77 per cent of people travel to work in Tauranga in a private or company vehicle on their own, compared to 68 per cent nationwide. (Source: Census 2018)

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Bus free day

Posted on 22-09-2020 10:46 | By First Responder

Yes, I’m in favour of a bus free day. Get those stupid oversized yellow boxes off the road for a day. Promote Uber.

how about a TCC, bus & cycle free day

Posted on 22-09-2020 08:16 | By Mein Fuhrer

when these annoying busy bodies with their idiotic and totally illogical local transportation agenda, can give us all a break!

World bus free day.

Posted on 22-09-2020 05:41 | By

How about trying a world bus free and cycle free day, allow cars to use all bus lanes for that day, then see if congestion and travel times improve.

if they know this !!

Posted on 21-09-2020 22:20 | By CC8

About 77 per cent of people travel to work in Tauranga in a private or company vehicle on their own, compared to 68 per cent nationwide. (Source: Census 2018) If theyknow this, why fight reality? Why do council employees think it is their duty to change the world, they are paid by the residents to administer our wishes democratically. Last time I checked democratically was as the majority wishes. If 77 percent of the community wants to drive cars why do they try to change that and change a lane in each direction on every road into a cycle lane, which is hardly ever used and never will be.

It's all very well.......

Posted on 21-09-2020 21:10 | By groutby

.....for a few of the ’pursed lipped’ wokes at TCC to suggest we leave the car at home, they will be delighted to sit in the tearoom and not go anywhere to show their support for ’the cause’..guess what? backs up and it is necessary to drive twice as much over the next few days to attend at least some of the taxpayer related expectations...many in the fleet have recently been at least Hybrids?...not many are there?..why not if there is genuine concern?.. ...Answers to ’interesting’ facts: 1) of that 63% many are company vehicles and many of those required to be productive.....( that’s if you believe carbon emission is a problem) 2) ...’up to’ 40 cars assuming one passenger per car and a full bus..not gonna happen... 3)..if Tauranga had an efficient infrasructure...less cars on the road do you think? all?