Go Smarter travel advisors have been visiting companies across Tyne & Wear, encouraging hundreds of commuters to keep active this winter by walking or cycling to work.
More than 500 people have attended Go Smarter’s Active Travel surgeries at workplaces including Gateshead Council, the Freeman Hospital and Newcastle University.
Emma Allan, Go Smarter’s active travel coordinator, said:
“We’ve visited a range of businesses who are all keen to help their employees keep fit and active over the winter. Just 20 minutes of walking or cycling every day can really improve people’s wellbeing and reduce stress which is great news for both the individuals and their employers.”
At the Active Travel surgeries, people can get practical advice and tips for walking and cycling in the winter. Advice offered includes planning alternative routes, choosing the right lights and the laws around cycling at night, where to get cycle training, and how to stay safe and seen whilst cycling at night.
The Go Smarter Travel Advisors are on hand to provide individual help and that all-important encouragement to anyone who wants to keep walking and cycling over the winter, as well as offering kit for cycling and walking in winter, including mini torches, LED bike lights, high vis waist coats and reflective bands.
People are also encouraged to set challenges, with hundreds of personal goals being set for the next few months.
“Leaving the car at home and commuting by bike or on foot is not just better for people’s health, it also reduces the number of cars on the road, cutting pollution and traffic.
“We’ve had a fantastic response to our workplace events over the past few weeks and people have been really keen to carry on commuting without their cars.”
Go Smarter has also been providing its popular ‘Dr Bike’ sessions at workplaces, where people can bring their own bikes along for safety checks, minor repairs and alterations.