Waikato staff and students go car free

29 September 2010

carfree day

On your bike: Waikato University student Matthew Glenn cycled to work on World Carfree Day on September 22.

Several Waikato University staff and students took part in late September in the annual World Carfree Day. The international day is designed to encourage people to leave their car at home and find alternative transport such as walking, bussing or cycling for the day.

At the University of Waikato, student volunteers Chloe Fetherston; Ryesen Lu; Catherine Bryan; Marie Brown; Kris Kramer-Walter; Fiona Clarkson; and Melissa Janson handed out congratulations slips to staff and students who came onto campus by walking, cycling or bussing.

A survey conducted in 2008 showed 43% of staff drive to work on their own, while a further 28% car pool and 15% walk. About 20% of students walk to campus.

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