AN INITIATIVE to ease High Wycombe’s crippling congestion problem and help the environment by leaving the car at home will be launched this autumn.

‘Turn Over a New Leaf’ is a Buckinghamshire County Council project to encourage people to walk, cycle, share a lift or go by bus instead of getting behind the wheel.

The scheme aims to show how leaving the car at home can help residents get fit, reduce stress, cut congestion, save money and help the environment at the same time.

Mark Shaw, deputy Cabinet member for transportation, said: “Whether it's walking, cycling, car sharing or taking public transport, we're encouraging you to turn over a new leaf this autumn.

“Using a sustainable mode of travel, even once a week, will help reduce your carbon footprint by 20 per cent and could also save you money and help you get fit.”

Two promotion events - one at The Rye and the other at Guildhall - will give residents information on planning a walking route or finding a car share partner, and promoting bus routes in the area.

Council staff will be on hand to answer questions and give guidance at both sessions:

• Wycombe Rye - Friday 29 August, 10.30am - 2.30pm

• Guildhall, High Wycombe – Wednesday 17 September, 10am – 3pm

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