Transport for Scotland funds walking and cycling initiative

Funded by Transport for Scotland, the Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge is offering £2000 in incentives to Scottish businesses that take part in the event.

Workplaces can compete against each other to amass walking, cycling, public transport and car-sharing journeys between March 1 – 31, in a bid to win more than £2,000 worth of prizes.

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf commented on the inititaive: “There are many benefits from walking and cycling both for employees and workplaces. Changing the way you travel to work each day is a great place to start when encouraging people to make healthier and greener travel choices.

“Using public transport, car sharing schemes and car clubs can also save you money and help reduce harmful emissions. This Scottish Government will continue to invest in infrastructure and new initiatives to ensure people have the widest choice possible for their everyday journeys.”

Sustrans’ Smarter Choices Workplace coordinator Kirsty Rankin added: “We know that people who travel actively to work are fitter, healthier, happier and less likely to take sick days.

“By encouraging people to make small changes to the way they get to work, we hope it will inspire them to make sustainable, long-term changes to the way they travel. We wish all the workplaces involved the best of luck over the coming month.”

Participants will use an online platform to log their sustainable journeys and compete to climb a leader board. They will have access to feedback on how many calories they’ve burned and the amount of money they’ve saved on each journey by choosing healthy, green and cheap alternatives to driving.

Individual challengers will also be judged on the number of journeys they complete while workplaces are judged on the overall rate of participation in the team.

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