Teams aid in getting people out and about
IF you live in Gloucestershire and you get a knock on the door from someone in DayGlo orange, don't be alarmed.
Teams of advisors working on behalf of local councils are offering to help people travel to work or for leisure in a more sustainable way.
One Think Travel team member, Owen Parry, said: "We use different resources which we show to residents, including maps for walks, a pedometer, cycle maps and bus timetables. We can provide transport where a bus or taxi is not an option.
"We can do personalised travel plans for residents who have newly moved to the area, for example."
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Think Travel can also issue bus "taster tickets", which give free travel for 28 days in Cheltenham and Gloucester.
The reaction at the doorstep has been positive.
Gail Dodds, a youth support worker who lives in Charlton Kings, said: "It's really encouraging and I'm interested to see more info. The council needs to look at bus prices though."
Owen added: "Projects like this prompt people to think of other options. One lady said that as a result of us speaking to her, she set herself the challenge to use the car less and now uses the bus."
The Think Travel teams are also providing travel training for vulnerable or disabled people in the area, under the banner Learning Independence for Travel (Lift), in partnership with the National Star College, which started the scheme in 2006.
"The Lift training has also been really good," said Steve Parker, 53, who was with his Think Travel partner, Preeti Thapa, 32.
"Generally we've had really good feedback. We enjoy it, and we've met some lovely people.
"We've been on the project from the start – there are all sorts of environments. Some people haven't been out for weeks for one reason or another."