Car free day plan

DUNDALK Institute of Technology (DkIT) staff and students produced an estimated 1,800 tonnes of CO2 (equivalent to the weight of 300 elephants) in 2011, according to a new travel survey.

DUNDALK Institute of Technology (DkIT) staff and students produced an estimated 1,800 tonnes of CO2 (equivalent to the weight of 300 elephants) in 2011, according to a new travel survey.

The survey carried out by the Green Flag Group in DkIT reveals that 82 per cent of staff and 54 per cent of students travel to DkIT by car.

Of that percentage around 60 per cent live within a 10km radius of the college and could potentially walk, cycle or take public transport to DkIT.

The Green Flag Group are calling on people to not take the car to college on Thursday, March 15 as part of Green Week. Staff and students are being encouraged to walk, cycle or take public transport on the day.

In a bid to to make the switch to non-car options easier for people, DkIT has created a car share website which contains information on car pooling, biking to work, and travel save initiatives.

The website is part of the Smarter Travel Programme run by the National Roads Authority (NRA). Meanwhile, Matthews Coach Hire are offering the first five DkIT students or staff who board the coach leaving Dublin at 7.30am and Drogheda at 8.20am a free return ticket valid for travel on March 15.

The Green Flag Group is also conducting a transport survey this year to see if the various schemes put in place such as the Bike To Work scheme and Travel Saver Tickets are impacting on travel patterns.

The Green Flag Group is also promoting a cycle to college day on March 21. For more details visit www.dkit.ie.