The Best Practice Guide 2018
The Best Practice Guide 2018
9 September 2018
The Best Practice Guide 2018 was created by businesses for businesses and aims to promote Active Travel Initiatives and a safer and healthier commute to work.
The Active Travel Network would like to thank all the organisations that contributed to the Best Practice Guide.
Below are a few great ideas to get you started and to inspire better practice within your own business
Get out there
Living Streets have been working hard to deliver behaviour change initiatives, which are getting City workers to walk more. Within the Best Practice Guide Living Streets explain how they welcomed employees of the life and pension firm Phoenix Group to the St Paul’s Crumbs trail, during lunchtime walks. Through the development of the Crumbs app, they made the walks even more fun, by accompanying the journey with clues and trivia which allowed participants to fully realise all the historical and cultural hotspots within the City. Meanwhile, Phoenix Group employees burnt an estimated 150 calories and took approximately 3,036 steps each on their 1.4 mile route. Here at the City of London Corporation we loved the opportunity to help with the campaign.
You can find out more about this here
Below are some inspiring ideas of how you can promote walking initiatives in your own business.
- Embed walking programmes in key initiatives such as employee wellbeing, sustainability and corporate responsibility programmes.
- Construct a programme of events and activities with a launch date or week. This will get people excited and ready to go!
- Create resources to give to staff after the event to encourage them to keep on walking. For example, walking maps, signage or sheets to record exercise progress on.
Fieldfisher have outlined the fact that that the number of people cycling to work has more than doubled in the ten years leading up to 2015. Their article within the Best Practice Guide outlines the endless health benefits your employees can gain through cycling to work. For example:
- The average adult cyclist has a level of fitness equivalent to someone 10 years younger
- People who cycle to work have a 45% lower risk of developing cancer and a 46% lower risk or developing cardiovascular disease, compared to those who travel by car or public transport
- Cycling to work makes you happier, on time and less likely to take time off sick
The law firm reiterate the positives of encouraging your employees to take out cycle insurance. For example:
- Employees can protect themselves and their families from the high cost of a collision
- Cyclists are covered for third-party liability
- Compensation if an accident isn’t your employee’s fault
- Insures bikes from theft and damage
- Travel insurance for cycling holidays
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Clearing the air
In a bid to combat the adverse effect that air pollution can have on our health, CityAir have developed the CityAir app. The app is available for both iPhones and Androids and by using the app in your business you can:
- Find alternative routes with lower air pollution
- Find out routes to avoid with high levels of air pollution
- Find out the pollution forecast each day
- Sign up to air pollution alerts
- Lower your impact on and exposure to air pollution
To find out more, to join our newsletter and to get involved contact: Air Quality Team, City of London Corporation, firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some tips from HGV driver and Logistics Supervisor Paul Neal of O’Donovan’s Waste Disposal, which can be used to improve driver training in your business and amongst your employees:
- Sign up to the Exchanging Places programme or an alternative driver safety programme
- Focus on going above and beyond best practice with safety
- Give other road users space and time and expect the unexpected
- Always maintain professionalism and make sure you don’t intimidate other road users
- Always remain empathetic
Here at the Active City Network we hope that the above examples have inspired you to get the very best out of your business, employees and practice. Make sure you sign up to our newsletter for all the latest updates on Best Practice and more.