The Workplace Sustainable Travel Fund offers local businesses a unique opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint while supporting healthier travel choices for employees.
Air pollution effects everyone and is the largest environmental health risk we face today, contributing towards 28,000 deaths each year across the UK. Its effects can contribute towards long-term health problems such as developmental difficulties in children and can further damage the health of people with existing heart and lung conditions. In Portsmouth, as in many larger cities, the most significant source of air pollution comes from road traffic.
Portsmouth City Council are funding the Workplace Sustainable Travel Fund to enable businesses to make more sustainable journeys, especially for shorter trips where travelling by car or van can be avoided.
Cllr Lynne Stagg, Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation, said: “Many journeys are being made for short distances, like travelling to and from work, shopping, dropping children at school or by businesses making trips and deliveries.
“I’m delighted that this funding will allow businesses to develop more sustainable travel amongst their staff, by making it easier for them to walk and cycle to work more and to carry out essential business trips during the working day. As well as supporting our aim of improving local air quality, this scheme offers great benefits for employees’ health and wellbeing.”
Businesses can apply for up to £5,000 towards operational items such as cargo bikes or e-bikes to make deliveries or for pool bikes for staff. The money could also be used towards bike storage and racks high vis equipment or other items which enable employees to walk or cycle for their daily commute.
To find out more about the scheme, interested businesses and organisations can check eligibility and apply for funding online by visiting portsmouth.gov.uk/wstf. Applicants have until 6 November to apply, and if successful, will be notified by 13 November.
Businesses, residents and visitors can find out more about the council’s ambitious plans to transform travel and improve our walking and cycling infrastructure in the city. Find out more and take part in our consultations – visit portsmouth.gov.uk/travelstrategy.