Here are some ideas of how to get people started on the right foot:
From your travel survey or employee records, identify people who live within a short distance (up to 2 miles) of your site. Who walks to work? Why do they walk? Who doesn't walk? Are there any specific reasons why they dont walk? Could they be encouraged to walk?
Don’t feel you need to focus solely on walking to and from work. For some, driving to work is a necessity but these people can also be targeted by offering lunchtime walks for individuals or groups. The Travel Plan Coordinator might qualify for advice and a loan or grant from the organisation Paths For All to help set up lunchtime walks for health.
Encourage those who already walk to help you set up a Walking Action Group and see if they're willing to become ‘buddies’ for other possible walkers? A buddy system can make walking a more sociable activity and can help overcome any insecurities. Buddying can also introduce staff that don't know each other very well and help improve intra-office communication.
An on-line 'buddying' service that's open to anybody and everybody to sign up to is available at Walkbudi.
Identify safe, attractive walking routes to work and map these so that people can see exactly where they should be going. Your local authority might be able to assist you in providing a mapping resource. Draw contours onto maps to show how far people are likely to be able to walk within, say, 10, 20 and 30 minutes of your site at a medium pace. Also show public transport stops, stations and local facilities such as lunchtime sandwich shops. You should also identify any flights of steps, roads that are not suitable for walking along and other difficult walking areas. Your mapping exercise should also consider visitor trips, cyclists and links to public transport.
Charity walks and runs are great as 'corporate events' and help raise awareness of the benefits of walking. The Travel Plan Coordinator could organise a walk or enter a team into an event organised by others.
Charity walks can appeal to people who don't normally walk and make them appreciate the value of exercise. From that, you might be able to encourage them to build walking into their daily routine.
Make sure any organised walks are well publicised both in the workplace and in the local media. You never know who may want to support the event and offer assistance or free equipment.
You could also organise events to coincide with national sustainable travel events.
Some more ideas and considerations: