Resource #3

Active Travel

Active travel is using physical activity to get around. It can be walking or cycling to a destination such as work or school. Or it might even be skating or scooting – anything that gets your body moving!

Ideas for active travel:

  • Walk some or all of the way to work
  • Get off one bus or train stop earlier and walk
  • Park your car further away from work and walk
  • Consider cycling to work
  • Take the stairs and not the elevator
  • Walk more briskly on your commute or in between meetings
  • Have walking meetings
  • Choose a bathroom further away
  • Make sure you take a break from your screen over lunch

Why is active travel so great?

  • Improves health outcomes
  • Better for the environment
  • Reduces road congestion

How can you support others to use active travel?

  • Create a map to show places to park a car that are 1km away. Walking Maps is a great, easy-to-use resource that you can use to create your own map. For a 1km walk you take between 1,250 and 1,550 steps and achieve around 10mins of your daily activity requirements.
  • Download the PTV app. Using the app you can find nearby public transport stops and hubs and easily calculate your journey to work from different modes of public transport.
  • Provide a space for secure bike storage
  • If possible, provide showers, change rooms and lockers
  • Set up a Walking Group at your workplace, or even better connect with other businesses in your local area and use it as a networking activity. Find out How to Start a Walking Group