Catch the Bus Week is a nationwide campaign aimed at driving awareness of the benefits of taking the bus. This year, the campaign runs from the 3rd to the 9th July and there will be events, ticket giveaways and other activities taking place across the country, with bus companies, local authorities and passenger groups involved.
What is Swindon doing for the week?
We are giving away bus wallets to keep your smartcards in. All you have to do is email Swindon Travel Choices with your postal address and we’ll pop one in the mail for you.
We are also teaming up with the Active Swindon Challenge to offer spot prizes of Travelcards and Dayriders for challengers logging a bus journey as part of the challenge between 3rd – 9th July. It’s not too late to sign up and get involved!
Also keep an eye on Thamesdown’s twitter feed, and the hashtag #ctbw for bus news and activity through the week.
Why is Catch the Bus Week important?
Catch the Bus Week is a unique and fun initiative to show people the benefits of taking the bus and a chance to profile bus services all over the country, which can hopefully lead to long term travel change. Britain has a valuable opportunity to harness the potential of the bus, to make the economy stronger, help the job market work better and to build a more inclusive society.
What are the benefits of travelling by bus?
- Travelling by bus can help reduce stress and can be good for your health
It is a third less stressful to commute by bus than car and taking the bus can help achieve half the government’s recommended 30 minutes of exercise per day
- The bus is good for the economy and helps support local communities
Bus users make 1.4 billion shopping trips and spend an estimated £27 billion on retail goods annually. Every year, those bus commuters create more than £64 billion worth of goods and services
- Buses bring people together and are vital for an inclusive society
48% of the lowest income group do not have access to a car. Young people are more dependent on bus services than any other group – over half of 16-19 year olds are regular bus users. Concessionary travel schemes allow older and disabled people to get around – in 2013, they delivered more than 1.2 billion trips to 12 million pass holders.
- It’s greener to get about by bus
Congestion costs the UK economy at least £11 billion each year. If everyone switched just one car journey a month to bus that would be one billion fewer car journeys on our roads, and a saving of 2 million tonnes of CO2