Edinburgh's workplace initiative is an award-winner

With funding from Smarter Choices, Smarter Places Edinburgh Council’s workplace travel planning project has been running successfully since 2015.

The project raises awareness of different ways to get to work

It aims to raise awareness of Quiet Routes for walking and cycling particularly in areas where car use is high.

Visiting workplaces throughout the city, co-ordinators offer support and advice and discuss one-to-one travel plans to encourage people to walk or cycle for their everyday journeys.

The project assessment shows that workplace engagement has done more than influence the way people travel to work, it has also increased the amount of time people walk in their leisure time.

In 2017/18, 56 sustainable travel roadshows took place within 27 organisations, engaging 1,550 people. Almost 4000 active travel maps were distributed and 287 bikes were checked during 44 Dr Bike sessions.

After one active travel challenge, which engaged 761 people in the summer of 2017, 43 per cent of people reported they were more likely to walk for leisure.

The project is now award-winning, picking up the Partnership Working at the Scotland Excel Supplier Excellence Awards in February 2018. It was also shortlisted for the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) Scotland Amalgamated Construction (AMCO) Environmental Award in October 2018.