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Support for individuals

By swapping a short car journey for walking or cycling, you can improve your health and well-being through sustainable travel.

During lockdown many people took advantage of quieter roads to walk or cycle more regularly. As people return to school, college and work, we have a real opportunity to capture the positive changes we have seen to improve the physical and mental health of residents, improve air quality and ease congestion across the West of England.

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Support for businesses

We are asking businesses across our region to lead the way to a greener West of England. By encouraging and supporting your staff to cycle and walk for short journeys, you and your employees can help improve our air quality, reduce congestion and arrive at work feeling more energised. There are grants and support available to:

  • Install cycle racks or showers
  • Help remote workers stay active
  • Build confidence to change habits
  • Plan journeys
  • Start a cycle to work scheme

We’ve created a Business Support Guide to help businesses promote active travel at work. This guide provides an overview of support and funding available in the West of England. You will also find inspiring examples of how businesses of all sizes are supporting their staff to walk and cycle more.

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As we return to our places of work, we’ve talked to businesses in the West of England about the benefits of encouraging cycling and walking.

Tony Prescott, Aardman Animations:

“Aardman has always been a very environmentally conscious company.

It's important that we act responsibly with regards to the environment.

So it's really valuable that the partners can exercise.

Whether it's riding a bicycle to work, or just going for a cycle around Bristol docks on a lunchtime.

It's hugely beneficial to welfare and wellbeing.

The last year has been very difficult for everyone.

But what it has done is given people the opportunity to go out and walk and cycle and there's been a massive increase in that across the entire country.

As a business we hopefully will benefit from that because we'd like to think as people come back to work that they do want to ride their bike, or they do want to walk.

And that increase in wellbeing and fitness is bound to be a benefit to the business itself.”

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Aardman Animations

Find out how Aardman Animations is encouraging active commuting. Listen as Tony Prescott talks about how beneficial active travel is to his colleagues the welfare and well-being.

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Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan

The West of England Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan is a detailed plan that identifies that over £400m of investment is needed and will be sought and channelled through the West of England Combined Authority. We’re aiming to provide high quality infrastructure for walking and cycling across the region.

View our Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan

Improving walking and cycling in the West of England

We are investing in improvements to walking and cycling infrastructure. The selected schemes reflect aims in our Joint Local Transport Plan 4, Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan. They also support the Government’s objectives and guidance relating to Emergency Active Travel. To find out more about the schemes and plans for engagement visit the links below.