By being quick, frequent, reliable and inexpensive, MetroBus is designed to promote public transport and encourage commuters to leave their cars at home. By reducing dependency on the car we can make Bristol a better place to live and provide a cleaner, safer environment that will benefit everyone – especially cyclists and pedestrians.
Good for healthier living
Improvements to cycling and pedestrian routes coupled with bike stands at all MetroBus stops form a key part of the project. New cycle paths will connect with existing cycle lanes to form an integrated city-wide network, this will make it quicker, easier and safer to travel by bike or on foot.
It’s well documented that moderate walking can protect against a range of diseases. Health professionals acknowledge that people who use public transport benefit from a healthier lifestyle; it’s easy to achieve your recommended 30 minutes of daily activity just by walking to and from the bus stop or train station. For more information on using public transport to improve your fitness click here.
Good for lowering pollution levels
We can’t often see or smell car pollution, but we all have to live with the consequences. Airborne particles of soot and metal from car exhausts cause skin and eye irritations, allergies and respiratory problems. Hydrocarbons mix with the air to create ozone, which at ground level inflames the lungs, causing chest pains, coughing and making it difficult to breathe. Carbon monoxide, another exhaust gas, is particularly dangerous to infants and people suffering from heart disease as it interferes with the blood’s ability to transport oxygen.
By reducing car dependency and encouraging car users to leave their vehicles at home, MetroBus will help alleviate congestion thereby reducing pollution. This will improve overall air quality which is good news for all of us.
MetroBus vehicles will also be low-emission. The minimum specification is for hybrid vehicles which will be modern, low emission and expected to reduce carbon emissions and fuel consumption by 25 per cent compared to a standard bus. Operators have been given a two year grace period to meet the standard required.