Staff and Student Travel

The University’s sustainable travel plan was published in 2007.  All of the actions contained within the plan have now been completed 7 years ahead of schedule.   The 2009 Travel to Work Tally demonstrated modal shift (against the previous 12 months) with staff single car occupancy reduced from 44% to 39%, car sharing increased from 6%-9% and cycling increased from 6%-11%.  This level of single car occupancy is nearing best practice and demonstrates the effectiveness of the travel plan to date.  A Task and Finish Group was established to prepare a revised travel plan.

Staff Commuting - The University has participated in the Exeter Travel to Work Tally1 since 2007. The results of the 2009 Tally demonstrate that only 39% of staff travel to the University alone in a car or van. In 2007, the figure was 41% which shows a significant modal shift2 to more sustainable forms of travel e.g. walking, cycling and public transport.  Participation in the staff Exeter Travel to Work Tally has also increased substantially from 650 respondents in 2007 to 963 respondents in 2009.

1 Exeter Travel to Work Tally is a survey sent to all Exeter based University staff and University tenants
Modal shift refers a change in the form of transport (such as single occupancy car use)

Staff Travel Survey results

 Mode of travel
 2007  2008 2009
 Walk/jog/run  22%  21%  18%  22%
 Cycle 11%
 6%  11%  13%
 Train  7%  9%  8%  10%
 Bus  5%  7%  6%  7%
 Motorcycle  0%  0%  1%  1%
 Car share
 13%  11%  15%  11%
 Driving alone
 41%  44%  39%  35%
 1% 2% 2%

The University has collaborated with Cycle Exeter to install new cycle parking across the Exeter Campuses.  There will be more than 1,000 new cycle parking spaces created, in locked and unlocked facilities, by the end of the capital programme. External funding of £35,000 was secured from Cycle Exeter to deliver these improvements.  The cycle parking project was a key component of the University’s Cycle Strategy “Unlocking our Potential” which has also been completed in full.