Smarter Travel – Encouraging transport efficiency

Smarter Travel – Encouraging transport efficiency

Think about how staff, volunteers, supporters, beneficiaries or others travel to access your organisation and whether those journeys are carbon intensive. The average employee in Wales spends more than an hour a day travelling to and from work, and so providing options for public or active travel can help save on emissions and resources. There are lots of things we can do to make the way we travel more sustainable. The following sections provide ideas and support for encouraging more efficient modes of transport.


Active travel

A workforce that cycles or walks is not only fitter for its tasks and less prone to illness, but also impacts positively on the local community and environment. Ideally, workplaces should have secure storage areas for bikes, and showers available for cyclists.

Sustrans’ Smarter Journeys to Work Toolkit is designed to help organisations with designing and implementing a Travel Plan. Sustrans Cymru  also offers resources, maps and an explanation of how it all links to policy with the  Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013Cycle Training Wales can help staff feel more comfortable getting on their bike through cycling proficiency training. Living Streets Cymru can help you encourage more staff to walk to work through guidance and campaigns.


Public transport

Try to ensure that new offices or premises, meeting places and conferences are easily accessible by public transport. Check out public transport options at Traveline Cymru – the public transport information service for Wales.


Smarter car journeys

Why not encourage staff to try car sharing for travelling to work and meetings. This can save money on fuel and parking, cut journey times, and reduce harmful fossil fuel emissions. Find out more at Lift Share or Share to Cardiff. Rather than providing company cars your organisation could join a car club to rent cars when necessary. This can also be a good way to trial electric vehicles before investing in charging infrastructure.


Reduce the need to travel

You can reduce the need for employees to travel by encouraging teleconferencing, video conferencing, and homeworking. You could try similar ideas with events and meetings by hosting webinars which saves on travel emissions and venue hire costs.

Allowing staff to work at home on either a full or part-time basis can bring a range of business benefits; including increased productivity, greater staff motivation, and more effective use of your premises. Home working also widens the base from which you can recruit, boosting your chances of recruiting successfully. Another option is to join coworking programmes like Indycube; allowing staff to work closer to home whilst also maintaining access to social interactions and opportunities to network with other businesses.