Friday, 23 August 2013

County Council offers help with the workers' commute

Lancashire County Council Sustainable Travel Team offers FREE support to businesses in delivering sustainable travel initiatives ie. activities based around car share, walking, cycling and using public transport.

They hope to help local businesses meet corporate social responsibility targets and  improve staff health & wellbeing - as well as reducing traffic congestion. They want local businesses to consider if help with any of the following would be useful to them:

• Advice on cycle storage
• Advice on setting up a Cycle to Work Scheme
• Promoting car sharing
• Mapping of employee postcodes – useful for showing potential car sharing clusters
• Arrange cycle training for complete beginners to employees who haven’t been on a bike for a while and aren’t confident about cycling to work
• Arrange cycle maintenance sessions
• Maps of local cycle and walking routes
• Leaflets raising awareness of health benefits of active travel
• Help with organising Health & Wellbeing promotions/Non-Drive to Work event
• Personal journey planning
• Help with the design of a Travel Survey – you can ask the questions you want to know the answers to e.g. how many employees would like to buy a bike through a company Cycle to Work scheme?
LCC host and analyse a Travel Survey for employees either online or hard copy - Travel Surveys typically show around a third of employees are interested in changing travel habits

Grants up to £5000
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to individual businesses and organisations based in and around Lancaster. What can the grant be used for? Some examples of possible sustainable travel initiatives are:
• Showers
• Lockers
• Cycle storage
• Pool bikes
• Personal Travel Plans

Amy Coulson  of the County Council's Travel Plan Team tells us that tailored support is available to meet your business needs from 'light touch' around sustainable travel, to in-depth support on a sustainable travel strategy. If you would like to view their short videos about a few Lancashire based employers who have implemented various sustainable travel measures just visit:
http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/web/?siteid=6698&pageid=39974

For further information please contact: Amy Coulson, email:  amy.coulson@lancashire.gov.uk or Telephone - 01772 530201

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