The rapidly increasing cost of fuel and the need to cut down on polluting exhaust fumes, which contribute to climate change and illnesses such as asthma which are caused by poor air quality, mean we should all be thinking about how we get around.
Walking or cycling to work 'active commuting' not only saves you money ... it's a healthy way of making sure you get enough daily exercise too! When you are using your car there are many ways to be more sustainable when doing so, which can also save you money.
Download the Sustainable Car Use and Active Travel booklets from below to see how you could save money and help the environment.
The chances are that the person you followed into work this morning also works in the same area. Car sharing with them could save you money, reduce congestion and help reduce pollution! The Council has set up a free scheme to allow people to share transport. See the link to TripshareClacks below to find out more.
Alloa has frequent local bus services to most parts of Clackmannanshire and Stirling. Why not try leaving the car at home a couple of days a week, relax and let someone else do the driving ... and the short walk to and from the bus stop is great exercise too! See the link below for more information on bus services.
The National Cycle Route number 76 'Round the Forth' passes through Clackmannanshire connecting to Fife and Stirling. There are also a number of local cycle routes such as the Devon Way providing safe off road routes for cycling. Cycling is ideal for short journeys of less than 5 miles and is a great way of getting around and keeping fit. More cycle routes are planned for the future to make cycling even more attractive. See our Cycle Smart - Cycle Safe page for advice on safe cycling, aimed at children but equally applicable to adults.
If you live in Alloa, walking into work is a great way to start the day, saves money on fuel (cars are least efficient and most expensive to run when cold) and provides healthy exercise. The Take Life Ongives more details on active commuting and the health benefits of walking.
How you drive can have a considerable influence on the amount of fuel you use and so by being aware of your own driving technique and adjusting it accordingly you can save fuel, reduce exhaust emissions and drive more safely. Here are ten tips to driving more efficiently.
Further information on using you car in a more sustainable way can be found in the Sustainable Car Use booklet, which is available to download from the publications and documents section below.
The Energy Saving Trust offers free advice to motorists to help them cut their fuel bills, and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide their vehicle emits.
As part of their efforts, the Energy Saving Trust is encouraging drivers to download the FuelGood app, which is designed to flag up inefficient practices such as driving in too low a gear, and highlighting the savings people could make by following a range of easy fuel efficient driving tips.
The FuelGood app is available for iPhone users from the App Store and for Android devices through Google Play.
For more information about fuel efficient driving, visit the Energy Saving Trust'swebsite or call your local Energy Saving Scotland advice centre on 0800 512 012.
Roads, Traffic & Transportation
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450000