Sustainable Transport case study – Car Share

Sarah Darcy

Travelling to and from work with friends or colleagues isn’t always as entertaining as a trip with Peter Kay in the hit BBC 1 Comedy Car Share.

Sarah Darcy can’t remember singing along to 1980s hit records or the other things which made the show so memorable.

But the 28-year-old says that there are plenty of other benefits in sharing a car in the mornings and on the way home at night.

She said: “When I started to get involved with the Connect project I was a road safety officer form Blackburn with Darwen Council, so I guess I knew all about the benefits of having less traffic on the roads.

“But using car share as a method of transport also allows a great opportunity to socialise and meet new friends who live locally. Not only has it been beneficial on the social side but it has also benefited me financially as it reduced the cost of the travelling and parking.”

Sarah, 28, who lives with her partner in Burnley, has just changed jobs but has no intention of changing her commitment to sustainable transport.

She said: “I am a sport activator at Burnley Leisure Trust and as I live close to work I am going to cycle. I cycle anyway as an enjoyable way to keep fit and it allows me to spend quality time with my family in a cost free way.”

Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Connect project was set up to promote and encourage sustainable transport in the borough. It aims to help reduce congestion on the borough’s roads. It works alongside six main employers including, Royal Blackburn Hospital, Blackburn with Darwen Council, Capita, Barbara Castle Way Health Centre, Evolution Park and Blackburn College.

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