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Sustainable travel

Sheffield Hallam has one of the UK's largest student populations, therefore student and staff travel is identified as a key environmental impact, managed through the Environmental Policy and Environmental Plan.

Public transport in Sheffield

Sheffield is a fantastic city for sustainable transport due to its various transport links. Sheffield train station is located within a stone's throw of the city campus, which is easily accessible by extensive tram and bus networks which connect to Sheffield Hallam's other sites in the city.

The university works with external parties such as South Yorkshire Passenger Travel Executive (SYPTE), to negotiate the best deals possible for both staff and students to support their journeys to our campuses on public transport. There are also facilities provided on site to make travel as easy as possible, these include

  • rail ticket collection machines located in Heart of the Campus at Collegiate, and outside the Peak Lecture Theatre in Owen on the City Campus
  • a Travel Master smartcard top up station in the Students Union
  • live bus departure information in the STEM Atrium, the Charles Street Building and at Collegiate Hall

Detailed information on sustainable public transport options can be found in the Visit Us pages.

Active travel

Active travel including cycling and walking is widely promoted across Sheffield, which has a target to be the most active city in the UK by 2020. The university works closely with local partners such as the council to boost activity and active travel in the region to increase wellbeing and improve air quality as a result of less traffic emissions. The move more campaign is part of the Olympic Legacy programme which brings people together from across the city to join in being active through workplace challenges and city wide competitions. Cycling has also been reinvigorated in the city following the Grand Depart, which launched the 2014 Tour De France in our region.

Staff and students can hire a bike 24/7 in Sheffield at seven locations across the city from just £2 through the ByCycle Bike Share Scheme. There is also a comprehensive cycle map available for the city which allows you to work out the best routes to most places within the city.

For travel between our two main campuses, there is an almost completely flat route which can be seen in either the following map, or through the video created by first year film and media production students as part of their course, commissioned by the sustainability team and arranged by the Venture Matrix program (see the Partnerships and Engagement page to find out more about how the colleges are embedding sustainability in the curriculum)

The University provides facilities for both staff and students to encourage active travel. The following maps show both bike racks and shower facilities at our two campuses available for use by all active travellers

Cycling just the couple of miles between our sites has huge benefits for both you and the environment including

  • Health – cycling can improve health by lowering the risk of heart disease, shedding excess weight, and increasing fitness. Tests have shown that after four to five months of regular cycling, aerobic fitness improves by an average of 13 per cent and body fat falls by an average of two to three kilograms. Regular exercise reduces stress and contributes to mental wellbeing.
  • Environment – increasing cycling benefits the environment by cutting carbon dioxide emissions and reducing noise.
  • Congestion – promoting cycling can have benefits in reducing traffic congestion.
  • Education – the University, by providing facilities for cyclists and encouraging cycling, provides an example of good practice.

Cycling helps to create safer, more neighbourly communities.

However, if you are going to cycle in Sheffield, please take care. The city presents a special challenge; with steep inclines in places and tram tracks. A short guide has been produced to help summarise the best way to approach Sheffield's obstacles

Travel Monitoring

To be able to measure improvements and trends in both business travel and commuting the staff travel survey was launched, with a baseline year established in 2015/16. The survey showed that the staff commute equates to almost 10 tonnes CO2 per day, despite the largest proportion of staff choosing to use low or zero carbon travel methods. Campaigns such as 'Commute for Change', which ran through the 2016/17 year, are designed to reduce this daily total through events and communications throughout the 2016/17 year to promote sustainable travel alternatives. The now annual survey monitors progress against staff travel targets and influences the university transport strategy.

Business travel within the university is also monitored regularly through the transport booking system or tracking technology on our fleet vehicles. The university has an ECOstars accredited fleet, which is reducing emissions through the introduction of electric vans and operational changes to ensure efficiency.

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