Transport is an important part of the CO2 emission for the tourism industry, and the “visitor’s carbon footprint” (the way to go and the journeys during the stay). Transport and traffic are a source of stress for a lot of families and people. Those are good reasons to change and improve your mobility and that of your visitors.
In an area famous for its coastal roads there is an increase in traffic, it is a challenge to introduce alternatives to the car, everybody can take part in this even if you don’t provide transport.
- Use public transport and car sharing when you can
- Use teleconference when possible, plan your activities in the week. Avoid shopping daily
- Buy local and avoid food transportation
- Encourage your visitors to travel without a car by offering a pickup service at the bus or train station, and provide public transport information on your website
- Encourage your visitor to discover your region in a different way without a car and have a different experience. Take time to watch the environment and meet people on the way. Provide current information about public transport, walking and bike facilities
- Provide information on the local cycle route and bike hire shops, you can lend local maps of your area (discoverer map series 1:50 000), you can ask your local TIC
- Provide service for cyclists and walkers (drying room, Bike Park etc) market yourself as cycle friendly.
- Offer information about the walks on your doorstep
Sustrans: Organisation working on alternative transports. It looks after the National Cycle Network and provides maps.
Your local Tourist Information Centre: they have local maps and leaflets for walking trails for example the “moyle way” or “causeway coast way”.
“Fresh air is free” from nurture Lakeland: is a project which helps to promote walks on your doorstep.
Translink’s website and leaflets: provide information about public transport, especially the “rambler bus” program (service between Belfast, Giant’s Causeway and Coleraine)