Active travel group
More than 20% of our total emissions come from transport, so, by reducing our reliance on petrol and diesel powered vehicles we can reduce overall CO2e in BoA. For most people local trips in and around the town are possible without the need for a car and it's surprising how easy it is to get about BoA on foot, by bike and on the bus. Our Active Travel Map has been designed with just this in mind.
We are also exploring the possibilities for encouraging electric powered vehicles and several accommodation providers are planning on installing electric vehicle charging points in 2013.
Electric cars and vans are already on our roads covering zero emission miles as they go and their numbers are increasing. And, of course, if you are charging your car from clean energy your emissions truly are zero.
It is predicted that, in 2013, electric car use will really accelerate as more and more car makers move to developing electric models, at affordable prices. So, there is a pressing need to provide a reliable, countrywide vehicle charging infrastructure.
Despite government funding this is not happening as effectively and quickly as needed, so we're in a sort of "chicken and egg" situation as drivers need the confidence of knowing they can charge their EVs when on a longish run; they definitely don't want to be stranded!
In Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire Council will be installing two EV charging points in the station car park during 2013 and, on 31st May 2013 Beeches B&B installed a ZCW charging point.