A good quality travel plan should be specific to an individual site; however, the principles of creating an effective travel plan are the same, whatever the location or nature of your company or organisation.
an assessment of existing travel patterns using staff travel surveys
business characteristics, for example size, location and number of people employed, hours of operation etc
development of an action plan with agreed targets
implementation of agreed measures
monitoring and review of results.
An action plan may include a wide range of initiatives such as;
walking and cycling challenges, or sustainable travel themed events and promotions
a commitment to improving cycling and pedestrian facilities such as secure cycle parking, safe site access
a dedicated bus service
a car park management using a parking permit scheme, or priority allocation for essential users or car sharers
a car club scheme as a pool car replacement
provision of pool bikes
a car sharing scheme
use of alternative fuelled vehicles for business travel such as electric vehicles
a review of staff travel benefits and introduction of new benefits eg bus or rail season tickets; salary sacrifice schemes for the purchase of tax-free cycles (see below); discount schemes for sustainable travel users.
provision of travel information and campaigns via company intranet, posters etc
introduction of flexible working practices such as compressed hours, home working
changes to working practices such as videoconferencing etc
providing a salary sacrifice scheme for staff to allow them to buy a tax-free bike. Employees can buy a bike and accessories (up to an agreed limit) and pay for it direct out of their salary (before tax is applied) over a period of 12 months, representing significant discounts on the purchase cost. For more information see scheme providers Cyclescheme or Halfords Cycle2Work scheme