Travel Choices is a three year project funded through the Government's Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LTSF) to support the economy of Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Leighton Buzzard by providing residents and businesses with an improved choice for local journeys reducing car use, cutting costs and improving health.
As part of the monitoring and reporting of the Travel Choices project funded by the Governments Local Sustainable Transport Fund we have compiled an end of year report for 2012-13 (PDF 2.4MB).
Walking is suitable for most journeys under 2 miles and can be combined with other methods to cover longer distances. Find out about routes, guided walks and useful information on our Travel Choices website.
Visit the Travel Choices website for information on bus services, including the Luton-Dunstable Busway.
Cycling is a cheaper, quicker and less stressful way of getting from A to B as well as improving your health and wellbeing. Find out more about routes, resources and training on the Travel Choices website.
Find out about planning rail travel in Central Bedfordshire and beyond on the Travel Choices website.
Travel Choices has a dedicated workplace support package that can provide funding, information, events and more to help businesses and their employees travel more efficiently, including travel maps for major industrial areas.
The Travel Choices Hub in Dunstable helps the public with advice on Journey planning advice, walking, cycling and bus travel. It also offers a range of led bike rides, health walks and bike mechanics events.
Central Bedfordshire Council has produced a series of travel choices maps to help you plan your journey.
The maps are designed to help both experienced and inexperienced cyclists. They contain a range of useful information including promoted routes, on and off-road sections, local places of interest and the location of cycle parking.
The maps have been produced as part of Central Bedfordshire’s travel choices programme which aims to reduce traffic congestion and car-dependency by providing information to enable people to walk, cycle and use public transport more often.
Ampthill and Flitwick (PDF 1MB)
Arlesey and Stotfold (PDF 995KB)
Biggleswade (PDF 1003KB)
Dunstable and Houghton Regis (PDF 2.5MB)
Leighton Buzzard, Linslade and Heath and Reach (PDF 1.9MB)
Sandy (PDF 896KB)
Our new ‘Wheels2Work’ scheme is now available as part of the Travel Choices programme to assist those residents who have limited or no access to transport.
It can provide you with a 50cc scooter or bike, and all residents in Central Bedfordshire may apply, although priority will be given to those residents living in or travelling to Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Leighton Buzzard and meeting the following criteria:
- working age (16 and upwards) with priority given to those aged 16 to 24
- live in Central Bedfordshire and have limited or no access to transport to get to employment, education or training
- preferably have a firm offer of employment or education/training or be actively job seeking
We can provide you with your own free ‘personalised journey plan’ (PJP) service to assess all your travel options.
We’ll provide you with the following all completely free - helmet, jacket, trousers, gloves, Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course, ‘Rural Rides’ training course, road tax paid, fully Comprehensive Insurance and RAC breakdown.
All clients would have to pay is a monthly wear and tear payment along with their fuel costs.
Bike loan scheme
We’ll provide you with free adult cycle training (Bikeability) if you wish, and you can choose either:
Option 1 - A free loan cycle scheme with a deposit of £50 and no monthly payments, returning the cycle at the end of the loan period.
Option 2 - A ‘loan to buy’ scheme with a deposit of £30 and six monthly payments of £20. You would be eligible to keep the cycle/equipment and the return of the deposit subject to all monthly payments being made and the return of a completed project exit questionnaire.
For more information and or an application pack please contact Chris Bland W2W Officer at Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity on 01234 832649 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also view our Wheels to Work Leaflet (PDF 7.5MB).