Sustainable travel

Cyclist on one of the many traffic free routes into the city.

A small change can make a big difference.

Thinking about how you travel and using alternatives to the car is a great way to save money and improve your health. Building exercise in to our daily lives can be a challenge but making a little change like walking to the shop instead of taking the car is a great start.

We all know that congestion and pollution are a growing problem and everyone has a part to play in finding a solution. Here are some ideas about the different ways you can travel or follow the links at the side of the page.


See more when you cycle. Cycling is a great way to save money, get fit and help the environment. Stoke is a cycling city with around 160km of cycle routes including quiet off road routes such as greenways and canal towpaths. A three mile bike ride takes about 20mins and many work places have shower and changing facilities for staff to use. Find out more about cycling.


This is a great way to start getting more active and it’s free. Could you walk to work a couple of days a week or pop out for a 10 minute walk during your lunch hour? Reduce your stress levels and enjoy being out and about.


Regular bus services cover virtually all of Stoke-on-Trent. Modern buses are clean and comfortable and most have low floor access. Online journey planners are an easy way to get bus times and help you plan your journey. Find out more about bus travel in Stoke-on-Trent.


Going by train is often quicker than the car and you don’t have to worry about paying for parking or getting stuck in traffic. Local stations include Stoke, Longton, Longport and Blythe Bridge. Find out more about train travel.

Car share

Eight out of ten cars on our roads only carry the driver. Sharing a lift with a friend or colleague can save you money and wear and tear on your car. Staffordshire has its own car sharing scheme and it’s free to join. Go to to find out more.


Travelwise campaign

Stoke-on-Trent is a member of TravelWise, a national travel awareness campaign encouraging sustainable travel. The aim is to make other types of transport such as walking, cycling and using public transport a real alternative to travelling by car.

Even making small changes to the number and type of car journeys you make has an impact on you and your environment.

Why is there a need for this campaign? Problems caused by road congestion touch us all everyday. Road traffic volumes are predicted to increase by a further 20% in the next 20 years. New roads only temporarily relieve congestion and always generate new traffic.

If you are a local business you could develop a Workplace Travel Plan and get a grant to help introduce green travel initiatives.

Most schools in the city have already introduced school travel plans to be more green.

You will also find useful advice and information on the following websites: