It is always better to piggy back onto bigger activities or events if at all possible. You may be able to make use of additional resources as well as benefit from a higher media profile which can help when trying to secure local media coverage for your organisation’s activities.
It is worth using this calendar as a starting point for developing your own Travel Plan programme.
2017 Calendar of Sustainable Travel Related Events and Key Dates
Many events dates for 2017 are still to be confirmed. As soon as we receive confirmation we will be updating with specific dates.
22nd February 2017 - EAUC-Scotland Conference - Taking place at the University of Stirling. EAUC -Scotland support the sustainability of operations and teaching within Scotland’s colleges and universities. The Conference will be of particular interest to anyone working within or with Scottish colleges or universities on sustainability issues. Find out more at www.eauc.org.uk/scotland_conference_2017
23rd - 24th February 2017 - The Sustainable Transport & Health Summit - Taking place in Bristol, this conference will bring together all stakeholders working on sustainable transport, active travel and place-related public health projects around the UK to share best practice and knowledge. Find out more at www.landor.co.uk/transporthealth/home.php#nil
1st - 31st March 2017 - Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge - Sustrans Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge will be returning in March, registrations are now open. Simply register your workplace team and encourage colleagues to join you in logging walking, cycling, public transport and car-sharing journeys to/from work or for business travel. Find out moreat www.scotland.getmeactive.org.uk
20th - 31st March 2017 – The Big Pedal – The UK’s biggest cycle and scoot to school event, by Sustrans to encourage children to cycle to and from school. Schools across the country compete to see who can earn the most points by cycling to school. Find out more at www.bigpedal.org.uk
1st May 2017 ( for 8 weeks) - Paths for All Spring Step Count Challenge - Teams from workplaces across Scotland will be challenging themselves to walk more and feel the difference. The challenge supports staff to find simple and sustainable ways of building a little more activity into their working day including; walking to work, going for a lunchtime stroll, walking meetings and using the stairs rather than the lift. Find out more at www.stepcount.org.uk
May 2017 – National Walking Month – Every May, Living Streets encourage people to take to their feet and feel the benefits of walking. Find out more at www.livingstreets.org.uk/what-you-can-do/campaigns/national-walking-month-2016
Details for 2017 National Walking Month still to be confirmed.
15th - 19th May 2017- Walk to School Week – awareness raising week aimed at promoting the benefits of walking to school. Find out www.livingstreets.org.uk/what-we-do/projects/walk-to-school-week
14th - 20th May 2017 – Work Wise Week - raising awareness about smarter working (flexible working, home working, remote working) amongst employees and employers. Find out more at www.workwiseuk.org/workwiseweek/
19th May 2017 - National Work from Home Day - promoting the benefits of home working to both individuals, businesses and the environment. Find out more at www.workwiseuk.org/workwiseweek/
5th June 2017- World Environment Day – a global day for positive, environmental action and to encourage support for sustainable development. Find out more at www.unep.org/wed/
17th - 25th June 2017 Green Transport Week – the aim is to raise awareness of the impact travel has on the environment and to make people think about the way they travel on every journey. Find out more at www.eta.co.uk/trust/green-transport-week/
14th June 2017 –The 2017 National Active Travel Conference, Glasgow – Walking, Cycling, Connecting Communities is a group of organisations working for a Scotland which supports walking and cycling as the natural choice for short journeys. Find out more at www.walkcycleconnect.org
10th - 18th June 2017 - Bike Week – promoting cycling and showing how cycling can easily be part of everyday life. Find out more at www.bikeweek.org.uk
TBC June 2017 – National Ride to Work Day UK – raising awareness about the benefits of using motorcycles and scooters to commute to and from work on a regular basis. Find out more at www.ridetoworkweek.co.uk
Details for 2017 National Ride to Work Week still to be confirmed.
TBC September 2017 – Cycle to Work Day 2017 - Cycle to Work Day is a national event, championed by multi gold medal winning Paralympic cyclist, Dame Sarah Storey, which aims to encourage everyone to take to two wheels and cycle to work for just one dayTo date over half a million miles have been ridden for Cycle To Work Day. Find out more at www.cycletoworkday.org/
Details for 2017Cycle to Work Day still to be confirmed.
10th September 2017 - Pedal for Scotland – an annual charity event aimed at encouraging cycling and raising money for charity. The Glasgow to Edinburgh cycle provides a fun and active day out with colleagues, friends and family – a good opportunity to get a team of employees together to represent the organisation. Find out more at www.pedalforscotland.org/rides/the-classic-challenge/
TBC September 2017 - European Mobility Week – this is a European festival promoting environmentally sensitive transport and raising awareness of the nuisances causes by the use of private cars in the city (Air, noise pollution, congestion etc). Good opportunity to promote active travel and public transport usage. Find out more at www.mobilityweek.eu/home/
Details for 2017 European Mobility Week are still to be confirmed.
TBC September 2017 - Climate Week 2017 is designed to inspire action on climate change at home and at work. This week of activities and events aims to highlight the importance of reducing emissions and adapting to a changing climate. The objective is to engage and inspire, by involving people across the country in a range of activities. Find out more at www.greenerscotland.org
Details for Climate Week 2017 are still to be confirmed.
2nd - 8th October 2017 - National Liftshare Week – encouraging people to join the liftshare network in order to save money cut their carbon footprint and meet like-minded people. Find out more at www.liftshare.com/liftshareweek/
Whole of October - International Walk to School Month – month long awareness raising event where schools across the world join forces to promote walking to school. Find out more at www.livingstreets.org.uk/walk-with-us/walk-to-school
19th October 2017 – Smarter Travel Awards 2017 - Smarter Travel Awards recognise the smartest projects, people and technologies which are defining future mobility. Find out more at www.landor.co.uk/smartertravel/awards/home.php
12th - 18th November 2017 – National Commute Smart Week – raising awareness of smarter working practices and how they can help to avoid the misery of commuting in the dark winter months. Find out more at www.workwiseuk.org/commutesmartweek/
TBC November 2017- UK Road Safety Week – an annual community event aimed at inspiring people to promote road safety within their local community. Find out more at www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk
Details for 2017 UK Road Safety Week are still to be confirmed.
NOW AVAILABLE -the adaptable 2017 yearly planner (Excel format) detailing all the events taking place in 2017 and formatted to allow you to add your own events to it. An easy way to see what is happening when and how your organisation can tie in.