Active travel means making journeys by physically active means. Anything that makes a journey through our own human efforts. Walking and cycling may come to mind, but so does skateboarding or scootering. It all counts.
Half of all women and a third of men in England are damaging their health because of inactivity. We’ve got a crisis. One solution is to get people active in your workplace. You could lead the way to a healthier more happier workplace for all.
The positive impacts of active travel include:
- Reduced congestion
- Reduced air pollution
- Better physical and mental health
- Reduction of certain preventable diseases caused by a sedentary lifestyle
- Less sick days
- Attraction of talent
Support for walking and cycling in the workplace increase business growth and profit. Those walking and cycling tend to be healthier and more engaged with their work. Increasing walking and cycling can stimulate social community within the organisation.
Support for walking and cycling is important, but people also need encouragement, support and guidance to change their behaviours and switch their journeys to on foot or by bike.
You’ll save the planet. If you convinced 1000 employees to cycle to work then that 500 tonnes of CO2 reduced in one year! (source)
Cyclists are absent from work due to illness up to 50% less than those that drive. A study from the Dutch Ministry of Transport revealed that employees who cycle to work are ill less often. Just one less sick day per year equates to savings of around £200 per employee per year.