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Businesses asked to play their part as schools return for the autumn term

28 August 2020

As all pupils are due to return to school at the start of September, Cheshire West and Chester Council is encouraging more people to consider active transport options to help reduce pressure on transport networks when travelling across the borough.

Roads and public transport are expected to be busier than during lockdown and all residents are asked to think ahead, plan their route to work or school in advance and leave extra time for travel. Businesses can play their part by encouraging employees to consider walking or cycling to work, where possible.

The borough has seen a dramatic fall in traffic volume and air pollution during the coronavirus pandemic, with walking and cycling playing an increasingly important role in people's lives. Continuing to use these active modes of transport will also support the ambition to be a carbon neutral borough.

The Council launched its 'Walk.Ride.Thrive' campaign and has recently secured £161,000 of funding from the Department of Transport's Emergency Active Travel fund to help improve walking and cycling routes in the borough, supporting the country as it emerges from the coronavirus crisis. Both temporary and permanent infrastructure is now being installed in areas of the borough to help encourage even more people to choose active travel options for their journey.

Sustrans have lots of useful information about cycling on their website including information about the Cycle to Work Scheme, which is designed to help employees to save money on a new work bike and allows them to spread the cost of a bike over monthly tax-free instalments through their employer.For details about cycle routes in the borough visit: https://itravelsmart.co.uk/cycle

A poster is available for businesses to download from the Department for Transport’s website  providing information about how employees can travel to work safely if they are not working from home.

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