12 Mar 2015
There are many reasons why people choose to TravelSMART. Through accessing individually tailored advice, residents are making small changes in how they get around – collectively making a big difference. And that doesn’t have to mean giving up the car.
DPTI General Manager Safety and Policy Programs, Julie Holmes said TravelSMART, delivered by the Department for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure with the support of Adelaide City Council, will support people to make voluntary changes in how they get around – in ways that genuinely suit them.
“The last TravelSMART project in Adelaide’s inner north was a big success and we’re excited to be able to extend this project to the residents of the City of Adelaide,” Ms Holmes said.
“Over 28,000 households in Adelaide chose to participate in TravelSMART projects in recent years and found that they saved money and time, enjoyed greater independence and derived health and fitness benefits.
“In fact, residents in one project area reduced their collective car use by an average of 18 per cent in the project term, which delivered more than $19 million worth of road safety savings.
Ms Holmes said the project will see team members working collaboratively with residents to identify ways that they can reduce their car use and identify solutions to their transport-related frustrations that benefit them at a personal or household level.
City of Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese said that Adelaide City Council is committed to providing safe and convenient travel options.
“The TravelSMART Adelaide project can help people in the City of Adelaide rethink their travel choices to see what options are available to them apart from solely relying on their car,” Mr Haese said.
“They may find that catching the tram or cycling can be more convenient and cheaper for those shorter trips. Encouraging people to try more active and sustainable travel can bring health benefits, benefit the environment, and also give people more time to enjoy the city which in turn can bring economic benefits,” Martin said.
Participation in the TravelSMART Adelaide project is voluntary and at no cost to householders. Individual householders will be contacted directly between February and May 2015.
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