Local firms encourage islanders to leave their cars at home

September 21st, 2010 by Hannah Beacom

Two local businesses will be joining forces with Island Coachways to mark Car Free Week.

From Monday 20 September to Friday 25 September 2010, passengers on the Islands Insurance and Leapfrog branded buses will travel for free in a move to raise awareness of environmental issues.  This initiative comes just a fortnight after figures were released by the States of Guernsey Environment Department showing that vehicle ownership in the island currently stands at over 86,000.  Only these two branded buses will be free during the time period.  Other Island Coachways buses will charge the standard £1.00 charge per trip unless you use an ormer bus card.

Hannah Beacom, managing director of Island Coachways, said, “Public transport is key to reducing car usage in the island so I’m pleased that these two local firms are getting involved in this way”.

Throughout the week Islands Insurance and Leapfrog will be covering the costs of travel on their branded buses.

“We hope that the initiative will encourage islanders who usually drive to leave their cars at home more often, even for just a couple of days a week,” said Chris Gnapp, Managing Director at Leapfrog.

Stuart Wilson, Director of Islands Insurance, on the left with Chris Gnapp, Managing Director of Leapfrog Recruitment Consultants, on the right (Click image to expand)

The two firms are the latest in a series of local businesses which have made moves to encourage greater bus use in recent months.

“Not only is it a superb way to advertise the company but it also draws more attention to the buses as a more environmentally friendly and convenient way to travel around the Island,” said Stuart Wilson, Director of Islands Insurance.

1 Response to “Local firms encourage islanders to leave their cars at home”

  1. rosie dorey

    And the weather could not be more perfect for a day either on a bicycle or walking to the bus stop. I hope that more people than usual make the effort.

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