There are plenty of initiatives and information available to help you begin your journey. Here are some handy tips to get you started:
1. Work at the airport? Try the Skylink service. Skylink services put 60% of City residents within 1 hour of Eastmidlands airport and airport jobs.
2. Work at the hospital? The Medilink is a free accessible bus service from the Queen’s Drive Park and Ride site to the Queens Medical Centre and City Hospital.
4. Ride your bike to work – if you need some training on how to cycle properly and safely, visit www.ridewise.org.uk to find out how you can access free cycle training.
5. Sign up to Nottinghamshare to find out if someone going your way is offering space in their car, or alternatively sign up and appeal for people to share your car journey.
6. Use one of seven of Nottingham’s Park and Ride sites which service bus and tram – 96% of all city centre jobs are now accessible by bus-based Park and Ride links.
6. The Cycle to Work Scheme can provide you with a tax-free bike, to help you on your way to work. You can also find out how much you will save you could save on travel costs by using their calculator.
7. Join the Nottingham City car club scheme, it’s available to all kinds of businesses – for greener, cheaper motoring.
8. Travel by tram? Save over £11 each month on your commute by paying up front through the tram 2 work deal. You’ll be doing your bit for the environment and getting the best price on tram travel.
And remember, you can easily plot your journey to work by using the online travel journey planner.
If cycling to work is a case of lack of confidence, try taking small, manageable steps towards your goal. Go out for a gentle bike ride after work or on the weekends. Once you feel more comfortable, try cycling to work one day a week and go from there, with the aim or replacing several, some (or all) of your daily commutes by bike. If it helps, ask a work colleague to cycle together into work with you or meet them en route. Most important of all, don’t be put off – give it a go and see what happens.
If you feel you would benefit from some cycle training, contact Ridewise who can help.
Walking will keep you calm, reduce your stress levels, kick-start your metabolism, and give you a feeling of self-achievement. Anytime is a good time to begin your walking to work journey – why not ask around your colleagues and see if you can all take part in Walk to Work Week,the annual initiative aimed at getting more people walking to their workplace? You can plot your walking route by using online journey planner www.walkit.com.