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Wheels to Work and general update

From: Wheels to work <wheelstowork@bristol.gov.uk>
Sent via Ways2Work

Hello Wheels to Work partner,

It has been a while since I sent an update, so here is one 😊 I apologise for the mammoth email but it includes virtually all of our Wheels to Work and general Council travel offers!

Wheels to Work Monitoring

Thank-you to those of you who have been engaged and also those who have received paper bus vouchers or mTickets and also have been filling out our online form when giving those out where it says ‘A partner organisation of Bristol’s Wheels to Work scheme?’

New Offers

Voi eScooters:

We now have Voi eScooter day passes! The eScooter opens up Wheels to Work to a new mode of transport. Please ensure service users follow Voi guidelines when using the eScooters.

Wheels to Work Offers Reminder

To access the offers the customer must be:

  • 16 or over
  • Seeking work (or a change in employment if earning under the living wage)
  • In need of help to travel to a work or skills opportunity such as travel to interviews, open days, jobs fairs, courses, training, work placements, apprenticeships or the first month of a new job
  • Live in the West of England region: Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire
  • Be able to complete an anonymous survey 3 months after the start date of any W2WW support

Here is the full list of offers:

  • Discounted bikes
  • Free loan bikes
  • Free bicycle maintenance workshops
  • Adult cycle training and accompanied rides
  • Journey and route planning
  • Bike servicing
  • Voi scooter codes

Please let me know if you need any bus vouchers, mTicket codes, Voi scooter codes or any other support. If you need bus vouchers/ mTickets please provide a full address, how many you need and which type (Bristol or West of England region/ daily or weekly for mTickets only).

You can refer customers to me for any support at this link: Applications – Travelwest

Individuals can also refer themselves but please remind them to put your name, organisation, email etc as the sponsor details.

Love to Ride/ Cycle September

We are gearing up (pardon the pun) for Love to Ride’s Cycle September. This is a cycling challenge, with prizes, that focuses on workplaces but is also for anyone. There are also other events through the year and many prizes for people who engage the most new people cycling. Find out more and register yourself, team mates or any clients here: Home : Love to Ride Bristol

Organisational/ Workplace Benefits from the Council

As you are all already engaged with me, and doing so wonderfully, if you wanted to become an ‘Active Travel Champion’ for your organisation then we can provide you with even more support for you and your colleagues. This can include the following…

Staff engagement

  • Active Travel Champions encourage more people walking or cycling to work through peer lead support.
  • Sustainable travel roadshow staff engagement event at your business. We set an information point, provide travel planning advice and support to promote sustainable travel.
  • Dr Bike session – A mechanic will come to your site and carry out basic safety checks and minor repairs for staff bicycles.
  • Active breakfast – Encourage staff to walk or cycle to work by putting on a breakfast with a small grant from Travelwest.

Support for your organisation

  • Emergency Cycle Repair Kits – Fully stocked repair kit for staff to carry out minor repairs such as fixing a puncture and borrow equipment such as lights or a lock.
  • Electric pool bikes – Pool bikes can be used for meetings, client visits and deliveries. Loans are for 3-6 months, with accessories, delivery and maintenance all covered by us. We also loan ebike and trailers for businesses moving larger loads.
  • Workplace Travel Audit – Ideal for businesses that do not have an existing travel plan. Understand your workforce’s travel behaviour and identify areas for improvement.
  • 50% Match funded grants to improve facilities to support sustainable travel in the workplace. Grants can be used to pay for: cycle stands and shelters, business pool bikes, accessibility improvements and signage, car-sharing improvements.
  • Monthly newsletter – keep up to date with the latest sustainable travel news and information, and pass this on to your colleagues. Sign Up

Travel support for staff

  • Borrow a Bike – Want to try cycling but don’t own a bike. We loan hybrid, folding and electric bikes free for up to one month. Sign up
  • Adult cycle training One to one cycle training gives you the skills and ability to cycle confidently. You can have up to 3 free sessions:
    • beginner – start with the basic on a quite traffic free route.
    • intermediate –we teach you to cycle confidently in traffic.
    • advanced –we help you negotiate complex junctions more easily, improve your rush hour strategies and road position.

Cycle journey planner Find the best cycle route, or nearest and bike shop.

I am on annual leave this Thursday, Friday and Monday so please bear with me as I get back up to speed next week.

PS. Non-Wheels to Work but a new general offer- Revos eBikes:

We now also have a new type of eBikes for free loan to the general public. All our general public information can be found at the Clean Air Zone or Travelwest websites. The Revolutions Works (Revos) conversion kits fit onto most bicycles and convert the bike to an electric one! They are cheaper and lighter than most electric bikes on the market and also fit onto existing bikes. They are still not cheap but if you know anyone that may want to try one, they can have a go alongside our general bike offers including hybrid, folding and electric bikes.

Kind regards,

Jacob Powell

Business Active Travel Officer

Mobile: 07788407084

Transport Engagement Team

Growth & Regeneration

Bristol City Council

100 Temple Street

Bristol

BS1 6AG

I work a 9-day fortnight, my normal non-working day is Friday.

www.travelwest.info

www.betterbybike.info

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