Published: 30th JULY 2015

Engaging Northern Ireland workers with active travel

In Northern Ireland, we support employers to encourage their employees to consider active travel in their daily routine.

Employees from Citi Group using the smoothie bike on Cycle to Work Day Belfast

Our work brings real benefits by promoting staff health and wellbeing, reduces absenteeism, increases productivity and saves organisations money.

Cycle-friendly Employer Accreditation

Northern Ireland launched a new cycle-friendly accreditation scheme for employers in Belfast last year.

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.

Leading the Way with Active Travel

This programme began 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, and is focused on the following large employers in the Belfast area: 

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.

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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. Blockquote quotation marks
Nicki, Active Belfast Challenge participant

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.

Promote active travel in the workplace

Do you work in Belfast or the North-West and would like to promote walking and cycling within your organisation?

We provide practical support, training and resources to enable you to promote walking and cycling for commuting and business travel to your colleagues.

Our team can engage with people within your workplace to identify barriers and opportunities for active travel and work together to find solutions that work for you.

To register your interest in developing an Active Travel Champion in your workplace, get in touch with our Workplaces Team.

Active Travel Champions support colleagues by sharing information, organising workplace activities, such as stalls at events, challenges, bike rides or lunchtime walks.

Active Travel Challenge

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 challenged to leave their cars at home and try alternative forms of transport in a bid to get fit and improve their local environment.

This year we've joined forces with Translink, supported by the Public Health Agency and Department for Infrastructure. We want to work with a range of workplaces across Northern Ireland, both private and public sector.

Contact our Workplaces team to find out more about the challenge

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