In Northern Ireland we support employers to encourage their employees to consider active travel in their daily routine.
Our work brings real benefits by promoting staff health and well-being, reduces absenteeism, increases productivity and saves organisations money.
Leading the Way with Active Travel
This three year programme started in Autumn 2014, and was commissioned by the Public Health Agency to get people more active on their journeys to and from work and daily routine.
It focuses on a number of large employers in the Belfast area: the Public Health Agency itself, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, Belfast City Council, Health and Social Care Board, and Business Services Organisation. In 2016 we extended the programme to the north west where we are working with a number of employers including Derry City and Strabane District Council.
“ I'm loving cycling to the train station! Being a mum of four means it's hard to find time to fit exercise into your routine so doing it on your way to and from work is a win-win for me. ”
Our Active Travel Officers co-ordinate a packed programme of activities to motivate and engage these employees, including:
- On road cycle training
- Group ride and walk leader training
- Bike maintenance
- Lunchtime led walks and rides
- Active travel planning for commuters
A highlight of the Leading The Way programme is the Active Travel Challenge, an annual online competition to log journeys by foot, bike or public transport. Workers in Northern Ireland are being challenged to leave their cars at home next month and try alternative forms of transport in a bid to get fit and improve their local environment.
The Active Travel Challenge will run from the 7 May to 3 June 2018 and is supported by the Public Health Agency (PHA). The Challenge is free and only takes a few minutes to register online at www.atc.getmeactive.org.uk
Over 80 workplaces registered for the Challenge in May 2017, making 80,000 active and sustainable journeys and burning almost 5 million calories.
Why don't you sign up your workplace in 2018. Contact us to find out how to get involved.
We want to work with a range of workplaces across Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland is piloting a new cycle-friendly accreditation scheme for employers which was launched this week in Belfast.
A number of major employers in Belfast have already signed up to the European Cycle-Friendly Employer Accreditation Scheme which is aimed at encouraging staff to commute to work by bike.
The scheme was developed to provide a European standard for cycle-friendly companies and is run by the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) across Europe. It will be delivered in the UK by Cycling UK and supported by Sustrans.