Low Carbon: Staff leave cars at home to back green campaign
CHESHIRE West and Chester Council put its weight behind International Car Free Day by encouraging employees to leave their vehicles at home.
International Car Free Day, an annual event, aims to reduce the use of cars, particularly for short journeys, by encouraging people to use other forms of transport.
This year's Car Free Day took place on Tuesday, September 22.
By choosing to cycle, walk, travel by train, or even car share to reduce single occupancy journeys, the council's employees have helped the environment and saved on the cost of petrol.
Car Free Day is not just about choosing a different method of work transport for one day of the year, it's about encouraging people to explore other methods of travel for every trip they make.
More than 200 Cheshire West and Chester employees took part in this year's event by taking an alternative form of transport to and from work.
One member of staff cycled over 19 miles from Warrington to their place of work.
Other employees chose to join forces and car share, in one instance four members of staff travelled in to Chester using just one car.
The most unusual mode of transport was a folding scooter.
In Cheshire West and Chester, Car Free Day is closely linked to Chester's Cycle Demonstration Town status which will see much improved access opportunities for cyclists in the city.
Work is progressing on the new Greenways pathway between Hoole and Mickle Trafford, which is due to be opened on October 25, offering a new car free alternative for walkers, cyclists and local residents.
For further information about cycling in Chester, visit www.cyclechester.com.