Workplaces across the country sign up to Sustrans’

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Workplaces across the country sign up to Sustrans’

Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge

Sustrans is encouraging people to travel more actively to work during March, by inviting

them to join its Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge.

Funded by Transport Scotland, the free Challenge helps to inspire people to travel in ways

that benefit their health, well-being and the environment.

Workplaces from across the country will compete against each other to see who can clock

up the most walking, cycling, public transport and car-sharing journeys between 1st – 31st

March, in a bid to win more than £2,000 worth of prizes.

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: “Your journey to work is a great place to start when

making smarter travel choices. There are many benefits from walking and cycling both for

employees and workplaces.

“The use of public transport, car sharing and car clubs can also save you money and help

reduce harmful emissions. This Scottish Government will continue to invest in infrastructure

and behaviour change programmes to ensure people have the widest choice possible for

their everyday journeys.”

Sustrans’ Smarter Choices Workplace Coordinator, Jenny Muir said: “We know that people

who travel actively to work are fitter, healthier, happier and less likely to take sick days.

“By encouraging people to make small changes to the way they get to work, we hope it will

inspire them to make sustainable, long-term changes to the way they travel.

“We wish all the workplaces involved the best of luck over the coming month.”

Staff from RBS headquarters in Edinburgh are just one of the workplaces who have given

their backing to the Challenge by signing up to travel actively to work during March.

Participants will use an online platform to log their sustainable journeys and compete to

climb a leader board. They will have access to feedback on how many calories they’ve

burned and the amount of money they’ve saved on each journey by choosing healthy, green

and cheap alternatives to driving.

Individual challengers will also be judged on the number of journeys they complete while

workplaces are judged on the overall rate of participation in the team.

Mike Lynch, Workplace Sustainability Manager at RBS said: “We are really excited to take

part in Sustrans’ Scottish Workplace Challenge. We are always looking for ways to reduce

our environmental impact, and this challenge is an innovative way to help our employees

see the environmental and health benefits of reducing single occupancy car journeys.”

To register for the Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge or to get your workplace involved

please visit the Challenge website at Scotland.getmeactive.org.uk.

For more information please contact

Charlotte Otter

Sustrans Senior Communications and Public Affairs Officer

Charlotte.Otter@sustrans.org.uk

0131 3461384

07824 664445

Notes to editors:

 Sustrans is the charity that’s enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport

for more of the journeys we make every day. www.sustrans.org.uk

 May 2016 was the first year of the Challenge. A total of 1,200 employees and 116

organisations signed up.  Sustrans anticipate more than 150 workplaces will sign up

for the 2017 challenge.

 RBS has 6,000 employees based at Gogarburn, Edinburgh and their recently

established bike user group has 640 members.

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