Private car use accounts for 25% of our carbon dioxide emissions in New Zealand, so making changes to how much you drive, how far you drive and the way you drive has the potential to make big changes to your ecological and carbon footprints. It might also save you money – In NZ transport makes up a large part of the average household budget – about 14% or $136 a week.
Walking or cycling short journeys instead of driving a car are simple ways to keep healthy and fit, save money and parking hassles. They are also easy to build into our daily routine.
One third of all trips made by cars in New Zealand are less than 2 kilometres, and two thirds are less than 6 kilometres. Waiheke is so small that this is probably true for most of the trips made on the island. These distances can easily be covered by cycle or foot and will be much a much cheaper way of getting there than driving.
Click here for more information about Waiheke’s walkways:
Riding a bike uses renewable energy: your own! It’s a great way to keep fit and can be lots of fun. Consider cycling to work or going for bike rides with family or friends in the weekend. If you commute to the city it is free to take your bike on the Fullers ferries.
Cycle Action Waiheke campaign for making Waiheke a better place to bike and can be reached here http://can.org.nz/waiheke
The way we drive and care for our cars really affects how much fuel we use. By making a few small changes to your driving style and keeping your car well-tuned you can easily reduce your fuel bill. Using 20% less fuel over five years is like saving an entire year's worth of fuel - which means savings for you and good news for the planet.
The island celebrates walking and our beautiful island with a nine-day festival of free guided walks.
Feature walks include:
For more information contact go to www.waihekewalkingfestival.org