There are many ways that you can promote walking, active travel and physical activity in and around your workplace. Here are a few suggestions:
Paths for All
Our Autumn Step Count Challenge starts in the 30th October and you can register now.
Paths for All also support community walking groups across Scotland. Most walks are short, sociable and led by trained volunteers. You can find your local health walk here.
Cycling Scotland’s nationally recognised Cycle Friendly Employer Award is for Scottish organisations committed to increasing cycling. Those registered for the Cycle Friendly Employer Award will benefit from a range of useful services designed to ensure their efforts make a difference.
With expert advice from Cycling Scotland, and a network of regional service centres, employers will receive the tools needed to increase staff cycle rates. This includes access to a Development Fund of up to £20,000 to improve facilities for cyclists, best practice guides and monitoring tools.
Working towards Cycle Friendly Employer will support the physical activity criteria of the Healthy Working Lives Award, run by NHS Health Scotland.
To find out more or to register see: www.cycling.scot
If the Step Count Challenge has inspired you to walk more regularly, why not try meeting one of Ramblers Scotland’s 54 groups across the country for a fun led walk?
Ramblers Scotland volunteers run more than 3,500 walks each year, including everything from gentle coastal strolls to wintry Munros – so there really are walks to suit all tastes and abilities.
New people will be given a warm welcome and can attend two or three led walks for free before joining. It’s the perfect way to make friends, broaden your skills and experience the very best of Scottish walking.
Find a walk today at ramblers.org.uk/scotland!
Also, download the free Medal Routes mobile App and enjoy hundreds of short, audited walking routes throughout Scotland. Have peace of mind with GPS tracking whilst walking one of the routes already identified or create and share your own special walks. With competitions and goals to keep you moving, the App is all the encouragement you’ll need to step out each day and build walking into your weekly routine. Download today at www.medalroutes.org
Travelknowhow: One Stop Travel Planning for Your Workplace
Travelknowhow Scotland is a free online toolkit supporting the development and implementation of workplace Travel Plans.
Funded and supported by Scotland’s 7 Regional Transport Partnerships and Transport Scotland, Travelknowhow Scotland supports and contributes directly to the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Scotland ambition for decarbonising transport, and the specific aim of having effective Travel Plans in all workplaces with more than 30 employees by 2020.
Once registered, organisations gain free access to a website which guides them through the entire travel planning process in a clear and easy to follow way, providing all the support and tools needed to engage with employees and start changing travel behaviour within their own organisation. Additional support is available from the Regional Transport Partnerships’ own Travel Plan staff and Travelknowhow’s marketing and travel planning experts.
The website is divided into these easy to use sections:
Getting Started – this section is full of support tools to help organisations get started. It includes the popular Calendar of Sustainable Travel Related Events which is a great starting point for organisations as well as various templates available to download.
Knowledge Base – this section has an abundance of useful information on a range of Travel Plan related topics from company car tax to BREEAM compliance and the overall impact of transport on the environment. There are also great examples of how other organisations across Scotland have successfully encouraged their employees to think about using a more sustainable mode of travel.
Communications Kit – this is a marketing led section aimed at giving organisations the tools and practical resources needed to communicate the benefits of sustainable travel to employees. Organisations can download a range of FREE, adaptable poster templates to help them get their messages spot on.
Taking Action – this section of the website is all about inspiring organisations. It is packed full of information, ideas and practical suggestions to help organisations implement their own travel planning initiatives and events.
Staying on Track – this section is full of tools to help organisations monitor how effective their travel planning measures have been as well as providing advice and resources to assist them in maintaining the interest in their initiatives and refreshing the key messages.
Register today at https://www.travelknowhowscotland.co.uk/members/register/