Commuters to go Green
From the 11 to 15 June Manchester Friends of the Earth (MFoE) is running activities and stunts in Manchester to mark national Green Transport Week, which is organised by the Environmental Transport Association (ETA) and takes place 9-16 June. The group intends to show that the future of transport can be environmentally friendly, combining greater freedom and choice with reduced pollution and congestion. The group has a full week of media events:
Richard Dyer, Transport Campaigner with Manchester Friends of the Earth hopes that the week will bring the benefits of more sustainable transport to a wide audience:
- On Monday 11 cyclists and car drivers will take part in commuter races on various routes to work across the City.
- Tuesday 12 is a day to celebrate the potential for buses to be the environmentally friendly choice for city travel. In her "Town Hall Dash", a MFoE campaigner will visit the main town hall of every Greater Manchester local authority by bus, delivering the message that Council staff can use buses effectively for their everyday work-related travel.
- On Wednesday 13, campaigners will focus on the benefits of using alternative fuels to power cars. A number of examples will be available to the media, including Bio-Diesel (Chip Fat Oil!) and Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG).
- Car lift-sharing is the theme for Thursday 14, and lift-sharers will be available to talk about the benefits of this easy and cost-effective way to save fuel, money and stress.
- Friday 15 gets back to basics with the simplest form of sustainable transport: our feet. School children will be demonstrating the 'walking bus', a way to encourage kids to walk to school without compromising their safety.
"Everyone can benefit from green transport. The majority of people, especially in Manchester, are not car-owners, and therefore depend for their mobility on public transport. Those who do own cars can benefit from a greater choice of transport options. Green transport is a must if we are to tackle poor air quality in Manchester and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change, and is a bonus for the health of the people of Manchester."
Manchester FoE (0161 834 8221, firstname.lastname@example.org
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