Bucks Commute Smart
Whether it is walking, cycling, using public transport or sharing a car journey we are encouraging you to be a smarter commuter this autumn and winter. By making a sustainable travel choice you could save money, get fit, reduce stress and help the environment. So if this is possible, why not give it a try?
Please read the following tips on how to make the most of your journey to work, school or college during the winter months.
Cycling or walking, all or part of your journey to work is an easy way to introduce some exercise into your day, helping you to reduce stress and get fit.
A hassle and cost-free way to travel. As the nights draw in make sure you are visible to traffic and don’t forget to carry a brolly. Otherwise all you need is comfortable footwear.
As the days become shorter it's likely that some or all of your commute by bike will be in the dark or low light conditions. Therefore it's a good idea to take a look at the lighting options available for commuters, to make sure that you stay safe and visible on rush hour roads.
As well as lighting, there are also other things you can do to heighten your visibility by day or night. Wear something bright or hi-viz or attach something hi viz to your bike. If you don't want to go down the hi-viz bib route, you can buy hi-viz rucksacks that will draw attention to you out on the road. Look for clothing or bags with Scotchlite reflective material, which will be picked out hundreds of metres away by oncoming headlights. Many riders attach Scotchlite tape to their bikes too, to increase visibility.
Taking turns to drive with a colleague or friend can help you:
- share the costs of fuel
- share the cost of parking
- reduce the wear and tear on your vehicle
- plus having one or more companion in your car during the winter months can cheer up those cold, dark mornings and nights.
If you don’t know anyone travelling along your route register with Bucks Lift Share to see if anyone can match your journey.
Catching the bus or train leaves your hands and head free, whilst someone else takes care of the driving you can use your phone, read, listen to music or simply relax and stare out of the window, all while helping the environment.
nextBus real time information: No need to hang around waiting for a bus in the cold, track your bus live before leaving the house visit nextbuses or download the Traveline S&E app*.
Updates: For disruption updates during periods of bad weather this winter please follow us on Twitter @bucksbuses.
*Please note tracked journeys are shown in minutes e.g. 10mins, if a journey isn’t being tracked it shows the scheduled time e.g. 1008