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Active Commuting

You can support your employees to be more physically active on their commute to and from work. They can walk, cycle and even take public transit.

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The following action plans can help you create an active commuting plan for your organization.

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Develop policies that support flexible dress codes to encourage bicycling, walking or running to work.

Next steps

  • Offer flexible work schedules or work from home options for your employees.
  • Develop an organization-wide plan or policy to encourage and support employees with management support and dedicated resources. Consider setting organizational goals that link to other relevant internal policies.

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Conduct a survey with employees to assess how employees are travelling to and from work and consult with staff on additional support needed to encourage active travel.

Next steps

  • Involve employees in the ongoing planning, design and monitoring of activities.
  • Develop strategies in consultation with staff and stakeholders to promote walking and cycling in and around the workplace.
  • Regularly conduct an employee commute survey to support active transportation and carpool programs to evaluate the impact of programs on employees' modes of travel.

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Set up bicycle racks near the building entrance.

Next steps

  • Provide shower and locker room facilities.
  • Give secure, sheltered, and accessible bicycle storage on the ground floor when possible.
  • Support access to bicycles for staff by offering a pool of bicycles for short distance work travel or discounts for bicycle purchases.

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Ensure footpaths and cycle routes are convenient, safe and appealing to use by removing any hazards, obstructions or overgrown vegetation.

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  • Offer a direct and accessible route for pedestrians between the sidewalk or transit stop and the building entrance. Consider creating signs to help people find their way.
  • Work with local transit or neighbouring businesses to improve the environment for pedestrians and cyclists through reducing traffic speeds, increasing road crossings and dropped curbs when needed.

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  • Promote car-free events or days.
  • Give information about public transportation available including services accessible to those with visual or hearing impairments.

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  • Promote carpooling and assign priority parking spaces for those who carpool.
  • Offer transit discounts or reimbursements.
  • Offer staff active commuting incentives.

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Promote and link with existing active travel initiatives such as Bike to Work Day, Carpool Week, and Bike Month.

Next steps

  • Recruit healthy workplace champions (including senior level staff) to promote initiatives and events.
  • Join a local Smart Commute program to run and promote workplace active travel events and challenges.

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Deliver ongoing information about facilities, services and groups related to physical activity and active transportation.

Next steps

  • Give workplace specific information on walking and cycling including maps, distances, routes and safety information.
  • See Walk and Roll website for maps and routes in Peel.