A personal travel planning process, supported with comprehensive travel information and by trained personnel, was undertaken with local inhabitants. This proved to be very useful in assisting them to consider how best to make their local journeys.
Background & Objectives
The amount and quality of the information available to local inhabitants on transport provision was quite poor. In order to enhance the information provided, it was considered important to implement a more intensive and participative approach to supporting local inhabitants to make different choices about how they get around.
The objectives were;
- To work with the existing and future inhabitants to ensure that they can live and work without having to own a car whilst guaranteeing their mobility
- To promote a range of sustainable mobility services, which will offer the opportunity to influence inhabitants to reduce their use of energy through sustainable transport use
Production of a local travel information pack, which included an updated version of the local travel information leaflet, the car cost calculation leaflet, information about longer distance bus services, a modern lift giving service using mobile phones, cycling and walking routes, national public transport tax incentives and cycle purchase scheme, questionnaire and travel planning log.
Implementation of a personal travel planning process with 100 households, which also involved the distribution of the local travel information packs.
In order to design, plan and deliver the PTP process, staff from Mendes, a local third level educational institute, the local energy agency and the local development partnership organisation participated in a training workshop on PTP. This involved preparing the approach to be taken, the procedures to be followed, the materials to be used and deployment of the staff who would carry out the household interviews.
Participants found the information provided to be very interesting and useful. The majority (90%) of respondents found the information as supplied in the Travel Information Packs to be useful. This was considered to be a significant finding and points to the fact that households have rarely (if ever) received in one concise manner, relevant mobility and travel information. 50% of respondents indicated that they found the Travel Logs useful while 42% indicated that they did not find them useful. Asked about the PTP process as a whole, 49% of respondents stated that they were more likely to make more informed travel choices, 16% of respondents stated that they were less likely and 35% of respondents claimed that they did not know.
Rather than being viewed as an isolated issue, rural transport affects all aspects of life for those living in rural areas and a continued and sustained effort is required to ensure that the needs of those living in rural areas are adequately addressed and that existing resources are optimally used. Personal Travel Planning can assist in this process.