Travel planning is the term used for a package of measures used by businesses to encourage employees and customers to travel using sustainable transport – avoiding travelling alone in a car.
Put simply, a travel plan can save businesses money, improve productivity, help the environment and boost your credentials as a socially responsible employer. Implemented correctly, it can help take your business to the next level and help to secure a sustainable future for us all.
This site has plenty of practical information and support to help you develop your own travel plan. There are plenty of tips and ideas for you and your employees on how to think about other ways of travelling to work.
How to get started
The Big Wheel Business Club is here to help you understand the importance of a travel plan and advise you on how to start developing the right plan for your business. In partnership with Nottingham City Council’s Transport Strategy and Public Transport teams, we can guide and support you in your aim to create a sound travel plan, offering bespoke support if needed. Just get in touch to start the ball rolling.
- Consider conducting a Travel Survey.
- Add a link to journey planners on your web site. Check out our journey planning pages for more information.
- Get your message out: let employees know about your travel plan via your intranet, staff newsletters, staff away-days, staff meetings and staff notice boards.
- Appoint a ‘Travel Planning Champion’ – an employee who is well versed in all aspects of public transport and active travel work and can act as an advocate by offering staff information and support.
- Sign up to ECO Stars – the free freight efficiency and recognition scheme. It could save you £1,200 per year, per vehicle and it’s completely free!
- Encourage cycling – consider cycling initiatives like a bike loan/tax-free purchase scheme or install or update cycling facilities such as showers and lockers. Check out our cycling pages for more tips.
- Spread the word about the free Nottinghamshare car share club or introduce a car pool initiative.
- Sign up to the Workplace Challenge and help encourage your staff to get fitter by walking or cycling to work or part of the way.
- Get involved with Ways2Work – they can offer a range of free support including mentoring and auditing your transport needs.