Catch the Bus Week
26 June 2017
Catch the Bus Week is a nationwide campaign aimed at driving awareness of the benefits of taking the bus. This year, the campaign runs from the 3rd to the 9th July and there will be events, ticket giveaways and other activities taking place across the country, with bus companies, local authorities and passenger groups involved.
Why is Catch the Bus Week important?
Almost 2.5 million people all over Britain travel to work by bus, and a million more use the bus as a vital back up. For many, the bus is a vital lifeline, an affordable and accessible form of transport and for all it is a great and easy way to travel.
- Travelling by bus can help reduce stress and can be good for your health - It is a third less stressful to commute by bus than car and taking the bus can help achieve half the government’s recommended 30 minutes of exercise per day
- The bus is good for the economy and helps support local communities - Bus users make 1.4 billion shopping trips and spend an estimated £27 billion on retail goods annually. Every year, those bus commuters create more than £64 billion worth of goods and services
- Buses bring people together and are vital for an inclusive society - 48% of the lowest income group do not have access to a car. Young people are more dependent on bus services than any other group - over half of 16-19 year olds are regular bus users. Concessionary travel schemes allow older and disabled people to get around - in 2013, they delivered more than 1.2 billion trips to 12 million pass holders.
- It’s greener to get about by bus - Congestion costs the UK economy at least £11 billion each year. If everyone switched just one car journey a month to bus that would be one billion fewer car journeys on our roads, and a saving of 2 million tonnes of CO2
For more information see the website www.catchthebusweek.co.uk