NHS Tayside is asking people to give their views on ditching their car for the journey to Ninewells.
The health board has teamed up with Dundee City Council to carry out an active travel study which will review the existing options available to those making the trip to Ninewells – with the aim of identifying possible improvements.
The study will look to encourage more patients, visitors and staff to travel to the site using healthy, low cost travel options such as walking, cycling or taking public transport.
Convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee Lynne Short said: “All active travel is a great pleasure to me, whether it’s cycling or kids taking their bikes to school. It’s all about getting fresher lungs.
“It would be brilliant for people to take active modes of transport to Ninewells, especially with the parking costs there which there have been campaigns to remove. It would help people avoid those costs and cut down on the hundreds of cars which park there.”
She added: “There are mental and physical benefits to active travel. If you’re travelling by bus to Ninewells and need more peace, you arrive at the hospital feeling more fresh. It can be easier to get the bus to Ninewells Avenue and walk from there.”
To get involved in the study, members of the public, patients, staff and visitors or anyone who travels to Ninewells regularly is being encouraged to give their views on what can be done to make it better to walk, cycle or use scooters, wheelchairs and buggies in and around the hospital.
The study comes as the Tele revealed last month that cars could be banned from one of Dundee’s most polluted streets under plans being considered by the council.
Under the proposals, the city centre would be reshaped to encourage an uptake in public transport and cycling.
Ms Short, who recently gave up using her car, added: “Using active transport encourages people to take in and become more aware of their surroundings. It’s also more sociable and we’re quite social in Dundee.
“I’ve probably saved £300 per month by not having a car so it removed an expense, but there are so many alternatives now.”
With 18,000 people commuting to Dundee every day by car, low emission zones (LEZs) are expected to be introduced in the city by the end of next year.
As part of the drive to cut down on pollution, the council will be able to decide how they introduce LEZs and set any restrictions.
To share your views with the study, email firstname.lastname@example.org and/or go along to Ninewells’ main concourse on Tuesday February 26 from 10am-6pm, or the staff canteen on level 5 from noon–2pm.