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Sustainable travel grants available for businesses

14 January 2021

Leicester City Council’s Walking and Cycling Team is committed to supporting businesses who recognise the importance of reducing the number of single passenger car journeys made by staff and customers by providing a number of free initiatives to eligible businesses.

The ‘Sustainable Travel Grant’ is a 50% match funded grant of up to £5000 to fund changes to your business or premises to support active travel. Previous successful grants have helped purchase pool bikes, e-bikes, e-cargo bikes, changing and security provision, cycle parking and bike training.

‘Wheels to Work’ offers affordable e-bike, electric moped, and push-bike rentals to those who are struggling to travel to employment, training or education. The scheme provides an opportunity for individuals to experience the joy of commuting actively.

The ‘Active Travel Toolkit’ has been developed to promote walking and cycling for those who are still commuting as well as those who are now working from home. The toolkit contains a pack of resources made available to businesses who are able to pick and choose which content they find most relevant for their employees. Resources include articles, case studies and top tips. Businesses are encouraged to distribute these resources to staff in the most efficient way for their business (i.e. including the resources in a weekly staff newsletter, finding a home for the resources on the intranet). For businesses without existing staff communications channels, we have created an Active Travel Newsletter which can be customised to include a business’s branding or any other relevant content.

Leicester City Council also works in partnership with the Betterpoints app to provide incentives for the public and staff who choose to travel by cycle or foot. The free app enables you to earn reward points which can be traded in for high-street shopping vouchers or donated to your favourite charity.  Work with the Walking and Cycling team to build a challenge for your staff and encourage employee wellbeing.

Visit https://www.choosehowyoumove.co.uk/businesses/leicester-city-businesses/ to find out more information about the support available. Or alternatively send an email to choosehowyoumove@leicester.gov.uk with the subject ‘Business Support’.