We are concerned about the carbon impact of car travel and have been considering options to reduce the effect of car journeys on the planet, as well as the impacts on air quality and our mental health.
We are very lucky to have such an amazing bus service from Eynsham to both Oxford and Witney. (Cue: howls of howls of protest from some who spend two hours a day just to get to work six miles away Sorry... but compared to our rural neighbours we are lucky! ) We are also very aware of those who don’t want to go to the centre of Oxford, but are trying to get to work or to appointments at the hospitals or in Cowley.
A possible solution may build on successful local action. The loss of the No 18 bus prompted action by our neighbours in Sutton and they now have a What’s App group whose members can ask for and offer lifts... in most cases to come into Eynsham to catch our very own S1! The Eynsham Link list has about 80 members- some of whom have a car and are prepared to offer lifts. Others may need a lift, maybe regularly for work or more occasionally. John, the coordinator estimates that it creates about ten shared journeys per week.
We have also investigated Liftshare .... a national website where members can get regular or one off lifts from a to b. There are people in Eynsham, Witney and Oxford who use this site
Would you be interested is exploring these possibilities? Could you consider signing up for shared journeys? For example... could you offer a lift to the JR every morning, or do you need a monthly lift to the Nuffield? We are trying to gauge potential demand for sharing journeys. If there is sufficient demand we will arrange further consultation to look at the possible options .
So if you have a car, or need a lift or are interested in helping get something off the ground please contact Sue Raikes...also if you have experience of any other options, or if you use Liftshare. This doesn’t commit you to anything, at this stage we need to find out what is going and hear about people experiences and ideas.