Thousands more city workers can now find ‘commute buddies’ to cut congestion, emissions and stress, thanks to funding from Bristol City Council
Five new areas of Bristol, including the city’s prominent Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone (BTQEZ) have joined a digital initiative to cut congestion for tens of thousands of workers travelling in and out of the city.
Bristol City Council will fund the extension of journey-share scheme joinmyjourney to five key areas, including the BTQEZ, which is home to more than 300 businesses ranging from IBM, Burges Salmon, Royal Bank of Scotland, and Osborne Clark.
The four other areas to join will be announced later in the year.
The free-to-use scheme enables staff to find walking, cycling or commuting companions to share their journeys, either regularly or as a one off.
More than 50,000 people across Bristol and South Gloucestershire already have access to joinmyjourney, including 30,000 who work or study at UWE, 8,000 at North Bristol NHS Trust, plus 8,000 at Aztec West Business Park.
The not-for-profit scheme is run by Bristol-based resource efficiency specialist ecosurety, and was launched eight months ago with support from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund¹ (LSTF) and North Bristol SusCom.
The BTQEZ, which is adjacent to Temple Meads train station, and includes the Paintworks development, aims to attract over 17,000 workers over 25 years.
The map-based joinmyjourney scheme is available for Apple, Android and Window devices. Benefits include reduced numbers of cars attempting to park at business sites, lower emissions, and helping staff save money by cutting commuting costs.
Others include less stress from sitting in traffic queues, improved confidence from increased outside exercise and the option to share sustainable and safe journeys during the winter, including cycling and walking.
James Piper, commercial director at ecosurety, says, “ecosurety wholeheartedly supports sustainability. Our decision to run with this CSR project and invest significant amounts of time, money and resources underlines our commitment to our local business environment and community, as well as to our core value of striving to continuously eradicate all forms of unnecessary waste.”