Sustainable Transport

Thise page outlines some sustainable transport options. Sustainable transport includes all forms of transport that minimise emissions of carbon dioxide and pollutants. It might mean public transport, car pooling, walking and cycling, as well as using technologies such as biodiesel and electric and hybrid cars.


A healthy way to move

Tasman's  terrain, mild climate and cycle trails are good for cycling; whether it’s for everyday trips to work and school, or just to have fun. Cycling is cheap, creates little pollution and keeps you fit and healthy. It has also been described as ‘active transport’, a category of sustainable transport which uses human power, animal power and renewable energy.


There are many reasons why car pooling is a great idea – from saving you money, reducing traffic congestion, being environmentally friendly and getting to know others who live or work near you.  All these reasons mean that carpooling is a great idea, and now it has become much easier for anyone living in the Nelson region to give it a go.

Energy-Efficient Vehicles

Smart ways to move

Energy-efficient cars are small, very fuel-efficient and can fit into very small spaces. Car pooling is about sharing a ride with others to reduce fuel use and traffic congestion. A Community Car is a car that a community owns, maintains, and uses together, saving on ownership and maintenance costs. It offers an alternative form of transport to a privately-owned car.

Public Transport

Public bus services run between Richmond and Nelson regularly.

Walking Bus

A fun way to move

Walking school buses are supervised walks along a set route with at least one adult. The “bus” stops to pick up children at selected stops and walks them to and from school. Schools or parents can set up a Walking School Bus project. Usually school communities set up walking school buses.

Walking School Bus guidelines are available from the NZTA website.

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