Helensburgh Advertiser

Win a prize by sharing your ‘better journey’

- By Craig Borland craig.borland@newsquest.co.uk

PEOPLE in Helensburg­h are being urged to think about how to make better journeys in 2024 to improve their health - and the planet.

And there’s a prize to be won for those who get behind the campaign - and who share a photo of themselves doing so.

Around 60 per cent of journeys, we take, between one and two miles are by car - and choosing to use the car less, even just once a week, can make a big difference to your health, purse and the planet.

That’s the message behind a new ‘Better Journeys’ campaign from Argyll and Bute Council, aimed at encouragin­g more people to make small changes to everyday journeys.

Communitie­s across Argyll and Bute are out and about travelling in different ways to get to where they need to go.

Many residents are already doing what they can to reduce their carbon footprint.

The Better Journeys campaign looks at small changes people can make by mixing and matching how they travel.

Can you leave the car at home and cycle to school with the kids in the morning? Are you able to lift share with colleagues to work instead of taking multiple cars to the same location? If you only need a few items, can you walk to your local shop or take the bus?

As part of the campaign, the council has launched a photo competitio­n and is asking residents to share their better journeys stories.

Next time you’re wheeling down to the park, walking to the shops or hopping on the bus, take a photo and enter the competitio­n with the chance to win a £50 Love Local gift card.

To enter, simply upload images to argyll-bute.gov.uk/better-journeys, where more informatio­n about the campaign can be found.

Councillor Peter Wallace, the local authority’s depute policy lead for roads and infrastruc­ture, said: “New Year is traditiona­lly a time for resolution­s. This year, we’re asking Argyll and Bute communitie­s to make their resolution­s count by mix and matching journeys where you can and when you can.

“We understand, it’s not always possible to leave the car at home all the time but small changes, even if it’s just once a week will make a big difference to your health, purse and the planet.

“Air pollution is the biggest environmen­tal threat to health in the UK. By reducing car use, where possible, you can help create a climate friendly Argyll and Bute and make a positive difference.

“Please share your better journeys with us and help inspire others to make a difference.”

Transport Scotland funds the Better Journeys campaign with Argyll and Bute Council through the Smarter Choices, Smarter Places (SCSP) initiative.

 ?? ?? The ‘Better Journeys’ campaign is urging people to think about whether they can use an alternativ­e to the car for short trips, such as cycling, walking or catching the bus
The ‘Better Journeys’ campaign is urging people to think about whether they can use an alternativ­e to the car for short trips, such as cycling, walking or catching the bus

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from United Kingdom