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February is the month of love, so today we are loving alternative energy and take a look at biodiesel. What is it? What are the advantages? What are the issues that are being debated around it? And if you’re feeling adventurous, we show you how to make your own biodiesel! What are your feelings on the ‘food versus fuel’ debate? Do you think biofuels can play an important role in cutting our global carbon emissions, or is yet another way for large corporations to trash the planet in the name of being green? Continue reading
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Have you ever heard of a folding bicycle? This fantastic invention makes cycling and getting around so easy – you can take your bike on the train, pop it in the boot of a car, or carry it on your shoulder! Glen recently got one for himself and tells us about the new addtion to his bicycle family. (He is now the proud owner of no less than 4 bikes!) Do you have a different or interesting commute to work? Continue reading
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Katherine Tredinnick, a Project 90 club member at Springfield, writes about last week’s Moving Planet event. With great pictures of the fantastic floats our clubs made for the procession.
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Glen Tyler, our Campaigns Manager, took the recently launched My Citi Bus service to Cape Town International Airport. He tells us about his experience which he found was a reliable and safe option. Continue reading
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A 16km cycle path is up and running allowing commuters to cycle into the city along the R27. Cyclists will also be especially happy to hear that bikes are allowed on the bus so if the wind starts howling you can hop on the bus with your bike! Join the official opening ride on 1 Feb at 6am. Continue reading
How will you be getting to work tomorrow? Wednesday 22 September is International Car Free Day and citizens around the world will leave their cars at home taking this day as an opportunity to find another way to get around town.
This day aims not only to highlight the pollution and toxic fumes caused by cars, but also to remind us that there is an alternative to the noise, traffic jams, delayed journeys and frustrating congestion that we put up with every day, twice a day.
Almost 40% of the transport sector’s CO2 emissions are produced by the use of private cars in cities.
If you can avoid using your car on the 22nd September even for one journey you will be helping reduce pollution in your area and who knows, you might even save a little money and enjoy the change of pace.
We have just discovered some good news for those South Africans looking to reduce their travel footprint. The Western Cape Provincial Government has pledged not to invest in any major road construction, routing it instead to public transport. National Government is also looking into a high speed rail link between JHB and Durban and further down the line between CT and JHB, as well as JHB and Zimbabwe.
“The realisation appears to be taking hold in SA that throwing money after roads simply encourages more vehicles to traverse their wider surfaces.” Business Report.
The introduction of a high speed railway in SA would be a great opportunity for South African’s to reduce our internal flights. Did you know that taking a domestic flight between JHB and Cape Town creates 250kg of CO2 and is 5 times more carbon costly than taking a coach? We did an analysis of the costs and time versus carbon footprint of travelling between Cape Town, JHB and Durban and found that taking the coach was the most sustainable and cheapest option, but was definitely not the fastest. Sharing the driving with four people in the car was also a better option. Visit our website here to see our comparisons.
Images from quezi.com, proreferee.com and National Geographic