We’ve made it easy to go car-free in Nottingham – why not try it today?

A woman stepping onto a tram

Thursday 22 September is World Car Free Day, a global campaign to reduce car usage, improve air quality and reduce emissions.

Reducing car use can help improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion, however it doesn’t have to be all-or-nothing. Making small changes, where possible, to reduce car use can make a positive difference. For example, if everyone left their cars home for just one day a month there would be a billion fewer car journeys, potentially reducing carbon dioxide emissions by two million tonnes.

Have you wanted to get into cycling but need lessons, a refresher or confidence boost? We have gathered details of some organisations that can help get you wheeling here. We also have cycling information including a map and cycle parking locations on our website.

A woman cycling along the Victoria Embankment

What if you live too far away to go completely car-free?

Nottingham has nine Park and Ride sites, seven for the tram and two for bus services, offering over 6,500 free parking spaces.

Find your nearest park and ride here.

We also have secure cycle parking at six of the nine Park and Rides. You can purchase a Nottingham Cycle Parks card to access these parking facilities across the city.

Fancy giving it a go?

Long-term investment by both the council and our public transport operators has meant that Nottingham has a great variety of alternatives to using the car.

Nottingham’s tram network consists of >32km of track, with each tram’s carrying capacity equivalent to 170 cars. Did you know? Two thirds of the city’s largest employers are located within 800m of a tram stop – that’s within a 10-minute walk!

Investments in low-emission and biogas buses, plus cleaning up diesel bus fleets to meet Euro VI standard means Nottingham’s buses are cleaner and greener than before. Contactless payments across both buses and trams makes it easier for passengers to travel seamlessly across our extensive network. And our new Greater Nottingham Enhanced Partnership, solidifies the council’s and local operators’ commitments to bettering the network.

Hopping on public transport one or two days a month or walking or cycling those shorter journeys helps to reduce congestion and improve air quality. It also helps to reduce your fuel consumption and save on fuel costs. Want to get started? Plan your journey here.

This September we have been celebrating Catch the Bus Month and choosing the bus as an economically, environmentally, and socially beneficial mode of transport! Read more about the benefits of catching the bus here.

A biogas bus travelling along Canal Street with a family of cyclists using the cycle lane opposite