SEP 00] NUNEATON & BEDWORTH BOROUGH COUNCIL NEWS
Pledge To Take The Bus or Walk To Work
The streets of
Nuneaton and Bedworth should be quieter later this month – as people
are encouraged to take part in a scheme to leave their cars at home.
While protests in
Britain and France gather pace against rising fuel prices, a council
project aims to get people to leave the gas-guzzler home and use
public transport for work.
The objectives of
this day are to increase public awareness of the pollution caused by
the use of cars in towns, and to promote the roles of pedestrians,
cyclists and public urban transport.
A council spokesman
said of the event a fortnight today on Friday 22 September:
“Leave your car
at home for the day and journey into town by train, bus, bicycle or
any other imaginative means.
“You can pledge
your alternative transport intentions by signing The Pledge Book
prior to the event.
“On the day,
displays will be set up in Bedworth town centre in the morning and
Nuneaton Town Centre in the afternoon promoting alternative
“The Pledge Book
will also be available to enable those who pledged to confirm that
they used alternative transport.
including a wind-up radio worth £59, t-shirts and certificates are
available for the most original and imaginative form of transport
pledged and undertaken."
The Pledge Book will
be available to sign from today until Wednesday 20 September in
Nuneaton town centre, and between Wednesday 13 and Tuesday 19
September in Bedworth town centre.
To promote the event,
the mayor and consort will be journeying from Bedworth to Nuneaton in
the borough council's environmentally friendly refuse vehicle.
The vehicle boasts
CRT - Continuous Regeneration Trap - ensuring the omissions from the
vehicle are not harmful to the atmosphere.
It has been awarded a
reduced pollution certificate and qualifies for a road tax discount.
The vehicle runs on
City Diesel - a low carbon diesel with reduced sulphur levels and is
one of the latest and cleanest refuse collecting vehicles on the
More than half of
emissions of polluting agents such as nitrogen oxides or carbon
monoxide come from road transport vehicles.
And the annual growth
rate of energy consumption in the transport sector, grows at nearly
four per cent annually which means that the figure doubles every 20
And on the same day,
there will be heritage walks with John Burton.
The first one will
depart from Bedworth Alms Houses at 10.30am and the second one will
depart from Nuneaton Art Gallery & Museum at 3.30pm.