1. How active travel can improve health and wellbeing in the workforce

The role of active travel in improving health

1. How active travel can improve health and wellbeing in the workforce

The costs of absence and presenteeism (working whilst sick which can cause productivity loss, poor health, exhaustion and workplace epidemics) to business, the economy and the employee are too significant to be ignored.

Over the past 60 years, the design of urban environments and transport systems have favoured private motorised transport. Whilst this has bought some benefits it has also imposed high health and societal costs.

Walking and cycling are the most effective ways to promote routine physical activity. In general terms fitter, healthier employees benefit their employer through:

  • Lower turnover rates and reduced absenteeism
  • Improved productivity and employee morale
  • Lower health care costs

Transport systems and the wider built environment play a crucial role by either promoting or hindering physical activity.

This toolkit will cover:

  • Health benefits of regular physical activity
  • Health costs of physical inactivity for society and employers
  • Transport modes, physical activity and health
  • Case studies focusing on workplaces and the commuter journey that demonstrate increased physical activity through walking and cycling