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Getting to Macquarie by car
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What is it?

Transport is how we commute from one destination to another. 'Sustainable transport' refers to environmentally friendly methods of commuting, such as public transport, walking or cycling. At Macquarie, however, we think that all transport should and can be sustainable!

Why is it important?

Macquarie University related travel equates to 17,029 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent per annum, representing approximately 0.1% of the total road transport greenhouse gas emissions in NSW.

Our average annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated by staff and students is 443 kilograms per capita!

Student Transport Carbon Footprint

Mode of transportTotal equivalent student numbersAverage daily distance travelled in KM(s) (each way)Total average distance travelled per person in KM(s)CO2 emissions (KG per person per KM)Total CO2 emissions (KG)
Walking3161n/a-00
Bicycle395n/a-00
Bus7640101527950.003458
Train3293221448920.003435
Motorcycle2631579030.08632
Average Car (4 People)158117537420.084299
Average Car10011173400640.032108917
      
 26344  Total daily114741
    Total weekly401595
    Total annual12047836

Staff Transport Carbon Footprint

Mode of transportTotal equivalent student numbersAverage daily distance travelled in KM(s) (each way)Total average distance travelled per person in KM(s)CO2 emissions (KG per person per KM)Total CO2 emissions (KG)
Walking272n/a-00
Bicycle158n/a-00
Motorcycle23156790.0854
Bus54310106600.00333
Train2262299550.00330
Car (drive alone)276017936490.3230032
Car (with passengers)54317184620.081477
      
 4525  Total Daily31625
    Total Weekly110688
    Total Annual4980973

What are we doing?

In 2015, we worked closely with Connect Macquarie Park, who undertook an audit of Macquarie University's transport usage and infrastructure.  Findings within this audit will in turn feed into future planning to continually improve our offerings.  

We also leverage Connect's own transport campaigns across campus, to build greater community cohesion.  One of our most recent campaigns is promoting Connect's CoHop initiative.

Further, we collaborate with Connect by hosting joint stalls and events throughout the year.  These include the 'Getting to Macquarie' stall for Info Day and O Week, as well as hosting a Ride2Uni Day breakfast together on campus every October.

As a large member of the Ryde Council area, we also hold a standing position on the Ryde Council Bicycle Advisory Committee.  This allows us to build good relationships with the Ryde Council, as well as other committee members, and feed into future development within the area.  It also allows us to keep abreast of issues facing riders that can be filtered back to our own riding community members.

In conjunction with GTA in 2008, we developed a Macquarie University Transport Strategy (PDF 11.97MB).

What can you do?

  • If you currently drive to campus, look at alternative public transport options
  • If public transport is not an option from your area, look at carpooling with friends or family who either come to Macquarie as well, or work in the local area
  • Join the Macquarie University Bicycle Users Group on Facebook.
  • Calculate your Green House Gas emissions when travelling to and from campus

How can I find out more?

If sustainable transport is of interest to you, please contact us or send an email to sustainability@mq.edu.au

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