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Free bus travel launches Climate Week and Bangor University’s Travel the World campaign

To mark Climate Week and launch Bangor University’s Travel the World campaign, Bangor University has teamed up with Arriva Buses Wales to provide a period of free travel to and from its campuses.

 This is the first time that Arriva Buses Wales has teamed up with any organisation to encourage staff, and in this case, students, to consider sustainable travel methods. From the 4th to the 8th of March Arriva Buses Wales is offering staff and students FREE bus travel to and from University Campus Sites in the Bangor – Menai area and at Wrexham.

  Ricky Carter, the University’s Environmental Manager  said: “Arriva has been exceptional in supporting the University’s desire to highlight the impact of car travel on the climate and raise awareness of the health advantages of using public transport to commute to and from work, without them such an initiative wouldn’t be possible.”

Bangor University’s Travel the World campaign encourages all 12,000 staff and students to record the distances they walk, run, cycle and swim onto a database which will then power the institution on a virtual journey around the globe.

“Starting the campaign during Climate Week offers a chance to reflect on our car use and consider our own health and the health of our environment,” said Emma Riches, Travel the World coordinator.

Michael Morton, managing director, Arriva Buses Wales said “Climate change and the environment are both really important issues, and we’re glad that we are able to help kick-start healthy travel habits by offering free travel to Bangor University’s staff and students from the 4th to the 8th of March.

“When travelling to and from campuses, just show your University pass to the driver and enjoy the ride!”

Climate Week runs until the 10th of March and Travel the World continues for a further fifty days when it is hoped the efforts of staff and students will have powered the University around the globe using carbon free people power.

Publication date: 26 February 2013