Travel and transport - event sustainability guidelines

Getting people and goods to and from your event has the potential to create significant emissions. By selecting a well-positioned location and promoting active travel and public transport, you can considerably reduce emissions generated by your event.

Use this page to discover how to position your event to minimise the environmental impact of travel and transport and learn about the best sustainable travel options.

Event location

Choose a location:

  • close to public transport or active travel options such as pedestrian and bike paths, CityCycle stations and/or park 'n' ride.
  • with onsite resources and infrastructure if possible. Having onsite resources such as toilets, water bubblers, bike racks, fencing, shade, internal pathways, end-of-trip facilities and power access will minimise costs and environmental impacts of hiring and transportation. View the Venues and catering guidelines for more information on venue selection.

Sustainable travel strategies

Promote the most sustainable travel options and make information easily available in the lead up to the event.

Produce electronic maps and programs to avoid printing and include the location of bike racks and paths, pedestrian paths, bus stops, train stations, bins and water fill stations. Ensure directional signage is well-placed to direct people to and from public transport stops.

Use this table for guidelines on sustainable travel options.

Travel option (listed in order of most preferred to least preferred) Guidelines
Encourage active travel

Encourage walking and cycling as they produce no or very low emissions. Provide the Cycling Brisbane route planner to help attendees plan your journey.

Supply bike racks and include the locations on electronic event maps.

Encourage public transport Encourage attendees to use the Translink journey planner and include route and stop numbers in marketing material. Council buses run on low emissions fuels, and bus emissions are offset.
Limit driving Single passenger vehicle travel is the least sustainable option and can be reduced by promoting sustainable options and applying disincentives such as limited parking. If people do choose to drive, encourage car share to maximise the number of people carried per trip.

Choose local

Minimise vendors transport by using local products and services where possible.

Other creative options for active travel

Other creative options for active travel include:

  • bike valet parking
  • pedicabs
  • shuttle buses to and from nearby park 'n' rides.

More information

Learn about the following event sustainability guidelines topics:

Last updated: 10 May 2019