Nearly two million miles made by foot or bike by UK business last year

23 February 2015

In 2014 Sustrans helped staff in hundreds of organisations in the UK to travel more sustainably, benefiting staff health, reducing transport costs and carbon emissions.

1.8 million miles within 210,329 trips were logged by businesses competing in our workplace challenge, saving over:

  • 194,954 Kg of CO2
  • £239,674 in transport costs
  • 37,781,749 calories burnt

We achieve this change through an innovative website, creating a competitive online environment where businesses can join and log journeys made by staff on bike or by foot as opposed to driving for the travel they need to make.

In an effort to increase sustainability, reduce travel costs and improve employee physical health, hundreds of businesses including Unilever and the Royal Bank of Scotland worked with us last year.

Victoria Barby, Sustainability Manager for the Royal Bank of Scotland commented:

If you are looking for something to help you encourage staff to consider alternative and sustainable modes of transport, or are focused on having more active staff, the Sustrans challenge is a worthwhile tool to help you. 

- Victoria Barby ,
Sustainability Manager for the Royal Bank of Scotland

“Working with Sustrans has proven a real success. We found that staff uploaded images and comments, as well as starting to interact with new colleagues that they might not have done otherwise.’

“If you are looking for something to help you encourage staff to consider alternative and sustainable modes of transport, or are focused on having more active staff, the Sustrans challenge is a worthwhile tool to help you.”

Building on this success, we are launching a UK wide sustainable travel challenge for businesses today- the BIG Commuter Challenge.

Focused on inspiring and motivating people to change the way they move to or for work, participants will have individual profile pages where they can set targets, access a virtual journey, and see their savings in miles, calories, carbon and cost logged.

To keep participants motivated and engaged, on-going prizes and competitions as well as other support will help maintain focus.

Ruth McNab, Sustrans corporate partnership manager, commented:

“Research shows that the more physically active your staff are, the happier they are, and the more productive they can be; added to reduced transport costs and giving the environment a helping hand this programme really is a no brainer for businesses of all sizes.”

“With Siemens already signed up to the programme the new nationwide challenge will be bigger and better than ever. I hope to see plenty of new companies join the hundreds that have already seen the benefits.”

Find out more about how your organisation can take part in the BIG commuting challenge.

Read more on how we work with organisations to deliver programmes that engage and encourage employees to travel actively.