The Access WEST project aims to promote walking and cycle commuting to work to reduce the congestion and environmental impact of single occupancy vehicle trips whilst also promoting the health benefits.
We will also be working to improve access to work and skills training, particularly for those currently not in education, training or employment, this will be delivered as part of our Wheels to Work project.
Match Funded Employer Grants
Grant funding is available for schemes intended to promote active travel to work. Some examples of projects include increasing cycle parking; installing new changing and shower facilities; providing electric loan bikes for staff and implementing new car parking management to promote car sharing.
Grants must be 50% match funded by the organisation. Further details are available via the Travelwest website or via the contact details below.
Cycle Champions and Active Travel Champions
The network is a platform for developing a culture of active travel to work as well as to help inform and support the work of the South Gloucestershire cycle forum. The aim is to build a network of champions who are based at businesses across South Gloucestershire.
Champions will be supported in their work to promote cycling amongst colleagues and friends through a range of activities. We can offer guided rides, bike maintenance training, emergency cycle repair kits and support for promoting cycling through dedicated events and the cycle forum. In return we ask that champions help feed into the South Gloucestershire Cycle Forum.
We are able to offer a loan bike to anyone that lives or works in South Gloucestershire. Bikes will be offered for a period of between 2 and 4 weeks, we have a range of hybrid style bikes, folding bikes and electric bikes available to loan out. We ask for a £100 deposit (£250 for electric bikes) and will deliver the bike to a convenient location.
More details are available here: http://betterbybike.info/start-cycling/get-a-bike/loanbikes or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 0117 3521105.
The Travelwest Travel Roadshow team are available to visit your site to engage face-to-face with staff and provide support and advice on different forms of sustainable and active travel to/from and for work.
Journey sharing, including car, cycle and walking trips, is an effective way to help staff reduce their commuting costs, have a positive impact on traffic congestion and reduce an individual’s (and your organisation’s) impact upon the environment.
Through Access WEST we can continue to offer a number of free access licences to Join My Journey for businesses based in South Gloucestershire.
Verity Britton – Business Engagement Manager
Tel: 01454 863938
Mobile: 07919 395214
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