Smart Travel Workplaces Date of issue - 15th July 2013
Smarter Travel Workplaces Newsletter
Hi Smarter Travel Workplaces Partner,
Welcome to the first issue of the Smarter Travel Workplaces ezine. You will also have noticed that our website has had a facelift! We hope you like the new format of our ezine and our new website, we welcome your feedback at any stage.
If you would like to suggest topics or share your experiences promoting Smarter Travel in your workplace please get in touch.
Kind regards,
Communications & Challenge Coordinator
NUI Galway lunchtime cycle photo
Lunchtime Cycle for staff of National University of Ireland Galway
  Pedometer Challenge Photo - staff getting ready to go walking!  
  Registration for Workplaces is now open!  
Pedometer Challenge 2013 - Register Now!

The annual Pedometer (walking) Challenge is fast approaching. Is your organisation ready to compete against workplaces around the country and support your staff in their healthy lifestyle?

To express your interest in taking part and to book your place on the information and training seminar which will be held on Thursday 8th of August at 12pm in the National Transport Authority offices in Dublin, register online or email 

Latest News
10 Minute Cycle Challenge 2013
12:00 – 12/07/13

Thank you to all workplaces who participated in the 2013 Challenge. This year just over 1,000 people across 56 workplaces participated clocking up 29,650 trips of 10 Minutes or longer during the 3 week Challenge. Read more...

Active @ Work Award
12:00 12/07/13

The Irish Heart Foundation recently launched their Active@work Award. This award recognises efforts by companies to boost employee health through physical activity resulting in enhanced productivity and employee morale as well as reduced absenteeism and sick days. Read more...

Wexford Bus Leaps ahead!
12:00 – 12/07/13

Wexford Bus is the first private commercial bus operator to officially adopt the Leap Card ticketing system. Leap Card fares on Wexford Bus will be cheaper than cash single tickets. Read more...

Germany’s first umbrella vending machine
12:00 – 12/07/13

Germany’s first umbrella vending machine inside a bus! The transport operator for the Unna County (VKU) has equipped the buses of route S30, an express bus service between Bergkamen and Dortmund, with umbrella vending machines. Read more...

National Real Time App - Real Time Ireland Launched
12:00 – 12/07/13

Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus, Irish Rail, DART and Luas real time information in one place. It's free on Apple and Android devices. Read more

Upcoming Events
Pedometer Challenge 2013 Information Seminar
12:00- 13:30 – 08/08/13

Find out what's involved in the 2013 Challenge. The Irish Heart Foundation will also provide information and training on how to make the most out of the Challenge and how best to encourage your colleagues to participate. Register now...

10 Minute Cycle Challenge Prize Giving Event
12:00-13:30 – 26/07/13

Join us in celebrating the success of workplaces and participants in the 10 Minute Cycle Challenge 2013. Participants and Workplaces will be awarded prizes and certificates of participation. There will also be photos taken which will be available for your internal publications. Register now...

  Real Time Passenger Information App  
  Free Real Time Ireland App now available for Apple and Android!  
Case Study: Communicating with Employees

The Mater Miseracordiae University Hospital recently issued a letter to new staff to encourage sustainable travel. The positive response was so great that they have offered to share this with other workplaces in the hope that they too might find it useful as a template for their own workplace.


“This is a document that probably elicited the best response to anything I've done in Travelways to promote sustainable transport to Junior Doctors about to start working in the Mater Hospital.
It was included in the packs sent to NCHDs (junior doctors) prior to them starting in July 2012. NCHDs rotate in January and July.  Normally I would send a letter, all text, which was largely ignored. 
However this time I changed the format and the information provided. The response was impressive and surprising -  Several dozen have called to the Travelways office in the last few weeks, to sign up to Tax Saver or with other queries.”
Barry McKenna, Mater Miseracordiae Hospital, Dublin

Read more
Mater Miseracordiae University Hospital logo
  Letter to new staff regarding commuting  
  Letter to New Staff Regarding Commuting  

Did you know...the long term average number of wet days in a year endured by cyclists who cycle every day to and from work is less than 5% (believe it or not!) of days cycled.

For more information, case studies and resources visit If you would like to share the experiences of your workplace please email
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