Over the next few months MAC is launching an Active Travel campaign to encourage our visitors to consider how they travel to us and choose the most sustainable options, wherever possible.
There are many sustainable and alternative ways to reach us. We appreciate for some of our visitors, travelling by car or minibus is the most suitable mode of transport. However, if you are based in the local area and are interested in find out more about Active Travel, check out our Getting Here page to personalise and plan your journey ahead of your visit.
Active Travel with busses
Taking public transportation reduces CO2 emissions by roughly 45%. Switching to a public bus where possible can help to reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles on the road, which reduces the number of pollutants entering the air. The National Express bus service is currently on a mission to convert their busses to fully electric and zero emissions services. In January 2022, the Coventry chain ordered 130 pure-electric busses. Putting them on the road to becoming the first all-electric bus service city. This is only expected to grow, as Tom Stables, Managing Director of National Express UK, said: “Our bus fleet will be zero emission by 2030, and our white coach fleet by 2035". It’s worth noting that a passenger car carrying one person emits 89 pounds of CO2 per 100 passenger miles, while a full bus emits only 14 pounds. With this number only expected to drop, as our public transport becomes more sustainably optimised.
Cycling has great health and environmental benefits and MAC is lucky to be situated on the Rea Valley Cycle Route, meaning our visitors are able to get here by bike. We have recently installed new bike racks on our terrace that are also right outside of KILN Café. Visitors can now park their bikes with more ease whilst visiting us. We also offer free Dr Bike sessions. Dr Bike is ran by Cannon Hill Cycle Club and offers completely free bike repairs to members of the public. We have had a few popups on our Terrace before and are due to have another pop up on 23rd July between the hours 9am-1pm. Come along and get your bike fixed for free, so you can ride happy this summer!
Situated in Cannon Hill Park means MAC is also reachable via walking routes. Research has found that in England, around 25% of one-mile trips are made by car. Completing five trips of 2km a week on foot instead of a car can decrease the number of emissions by 86kg a year. Switching to walking or cycling for more of our shorter journeys also helps to protect biodiversity - it creates less noise, less air pollution, and results in fewer emissions that are warming the atmosphere.
Alternatively, it's worth noting that the Birmingham City Car Park is situated next to a Voi scooter rack, meaning that you can park your scooter right outside our venue after your trip. There's also no extra walking needed to find a safe rack. E-scooters can also help you to avoid traffic, and Voi scooters are now providing safety courses, which you can complete to help you feel more comfortable as a first-time user. As part of completing these courses, you can also receive discounts off of your rides – helping you save money, whilst also being safe. You can find out more about Voi safety courses here. Edgbaston also offers a cycle lane along the Bristol Road. There are currently works right outside MAC as a new dedicated cycle path is being developed. Download the app today and see what difference you can make. Join in on Active Travel this summer!