By planning your journeys, looking into the possibility of car sharing and use of public transport can significantly reduce your fuel costs.
By anticipating road works you can avoid sitting in traffic burning fuel for no purpose. This could simply be a case of checking the Traffic Scotland website before you set off.
By sharing your journey to work you can significantly reduce the cost of your commute, some workplaces even offer incentives, i.e. designated car spaces.
Walking and cycling can be a great alternative for short journeys. It is often referred to as Active Travel and is one of the easiest ways to increase the amount of exercise you do each day. There is a lot of support available to plan your route and initiatives to promote this mode of travel to your employees.
Organisations can encourage their workforce to consider options for their commute to work through providing facilities and salary sacrifice schemes. Not only is this a good way to motivate your team, it could also reduce absenteeism through improving health and wellbeing.
For more information have a look at some of these websites:
Active Travel Hub Ayr
The staff at Active Travel Hub are fully trained and experienced in the provision of led cycles, led walks, cycle maintanence and work closesly with the local community by organising and attending a range of events and workshops.
The CTC Ayrshire Club is the county's largest cycling club group with a well-established, all-year programme of rides varying from 15 to 75 miles.
CTC Dumfries and Galloway
Dedicated to the simple pursuit of cycle-touring and sociable cycling activities, on and off-road, in the pleasant countryside of. Dumfries and Galloway.
Cycling Scotland is the national cycle promotion organisation for Scotland.
Scottish Outdoor Access Network
The Scottish Outdoor Access Network (SOAN) brings together over 200 people across Scotland who work on outdoor access and related issues.
Bike & Go
Bike & Go is a new bike hire scheme that lets you quickly and easily complete your train journey by bike.
Largs Yacht Haven
Largs Yacht Haven have introduced bike hire to all berth holders and marina visitors. In addition to the bikes, helmets and rucksacks are also available from the Marina Office. To find out more click here
Gives you a tailored walking route between addresses (rather than a driving route) and includes the time it takes, the calories you burn and the CO2 you save.
Logs daily steps and provides progress reports for individuals and teams.
Cycle to work scheme
Cyclescheme enables your employees to get a bike tax-free saving on average about half the cost.
Planning your journey is really straightforward using a free tool like Traveline Scotland. Advance planning can also make a difference to the cost of your journey as you may benefit from reduced ticket prices.
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