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.