Funding to boost active travel in south Essex
An initiative which aims to get more people travelling actively and sustainably in south Essex has received a major funding boost from the Government.
Earlier this month, it was announced ForwardMotion will receive £1.1m to help more residents and organisations change the way they travel.
The funding for 2020/21, which comes under the Department for Transport’s Access Fund, will support a range of different initiatives including:
- Personal travel planning – continued funding for trained travel advisers to advise employees, jobseekers and students on routes to work or study, and create bespoke travel plans to show what other options are available
- Walking workshops – funding to pay for the delivery of fun and interactive walking workshops
- Cycle training – funding the provision of free cycle training sessions for adults of any ability, delivered by a qualified instructor
- Cycle hubs – which sell new and recycled bikes, parts and accessories, as well as providing free cycle checks, servicing and repairs
- Free cycle parking – funding for the provision of new cycle parking spaces at workplaces, schools/colleges and training centres
- Bike loan scheme
- Journey buddies – continued funding for travel companions if people feel nervous about taking a bus or cycling to work or study to help them get used to their new route
Cllr Ron Woodley, chair of the south Essex Active Travel Sponsoring Board, said: “ForwardMotion has already worked with thousands of residents across south Essex to change the way they travel.
“Over the last three years, it has helped organisations encourage their employees, students and trainees to use personal travel plans, take up cycle training and has even provided infrastructure such as cycle hangars.
“We encourage anyone who is looking to change the way they travel, or who would like to encourage people within their organisation to travel differently, to get in touch and see how ForwardMotion can help.”
26 February 2020