Emissions from transport make up one-fifth of the global total.
That means transport is an important part of the living sustainably discussion.
Where possible, try to avoid car travel and go for cycling, walking or public transport.
Travel in Oxford
Whenever you’re travelling within Oxford, try and avoid using your car. There are many modes of transport that you can access easily around the city such as:
Cycling is a very popular mode of transport in Oxford, and is a great way to get around quickly and sustainably. It’s really important to stay safe whilst cycling, and the SU is working closely with the University to try to make cycling safer. It’s really important to have a front white light and a back red light – you can buy discounted rechargeable ones here. It’s also important to wear a helmet, and the University is offering a £10 discounts on helmets with information of where you can buy them here. Check out a detailed guide for tips to make you safe here, and get free in-person training available to all students and staff - information here. The SU also runs ‘Bike Doctors’ three times every term, where you can get a free check over of your bike to make sure it’s in safe and working order. When the dates are fixed, Bike Doctors gets listed on our events page. Make sure to get there early as the mechanic often gets fully booked!
Trains and Buses
Oxford has two train stations: Oxford Parkway (north of Oxford) and Oxford Rail Station (0.7 miles away from the City Centre).
You can travel between these two stations and other cities using train companies such as GWR, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry and many others.
Any students (including if you are over 25) can also get a Railcard, which is likely to save you money if you get the train regularly.
Oxford City Council also has some useful information on train and bus routes here.
Long Distance Travel
We have lots of students who come to Oxford from different parts of the world, and long distance travel is therefore often necessary.
When it comes to sustainability considerations, it’s important to reduce your air travel as much as possible, whilst also acknowledging that not everyone will have the same capacity to do so.
Check out this BBC article here which has a useful graph of the emissions per km for different modes of transport.
If you’re taking a short-haul flight, it may be possible to take the train instead, with guides such as Man at Seat 61 useful for working out routes.
It also can be cheaper to look at interrail tickets if you’re taking a longer journey by train.
In terms of business travel, the University has made a travel policy to try to reduce the amount of flying, but this policy does not impact students flying to and from their homes.