Smart Travel Workplaces Date of issue -11th July 2016  
Smarter Travel Workplaces Summer Newsletter

Dear Smarter Travel Workplace Coordinator
The evidence is bouncing off the walls – active lifestyles are happy and healthier. Walking or cycling, and even the use of public transport, as a means to get to/from work can be great ways of fitting those active 30 minutes into your day. But since increasing active travel in the workplace doesn’t happen by just thinking about it, this Summer Newsletter summarises some of the things you have already been getting involved in, and some of the things that we have planned that might be of interest.
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  Supporting Active Travel in Google  
Annual Seminar: Wellbeing through Active Travel

The annual Smarter Travel seminar 2016 was held on the 12th of May.


Wellbeing through active travel was the theme of the day: increasing evidence shows benefits to individuals and organisations that engage in active travel. Biddy O'Neill from the Department of Health opened the seminar, speaking from a national level about the Healthy Ireland initiative. Throughout the day speakers from workplaces and third levels shared practical examples of how they have been working to encourage and create supportive environments for staff and students.

Many thanks to all 80 attendees and to our panel of speakers from the Department of Health, Athlone Institute of Technology, the University of Limerick, St. Vincent's University Hospital, Cork County Council, Dublin City University, ESB and Google Ireland. Speaker presentations can be viewed here.

News and Events
Announcing the 2016 'Step Challenge'!!
From September 12th through October 9th!

The clue is in the title, this September we are looking forward to stepping it out as usual, but with some team spirited, fun and inclusive changes that follow from some very helpful feedback.


We're also delighted to be launching a new Smarter Travel Step Counter (for Android and iOS devices) -  free to download, and will sync your Active Travel Logger!


We will be in touch shortly about the Coordinators Information Seminar. It will be available by webex, so no need to travel but with the changes, we will be asking all workplaces wishing to participate in the Step Challenge to attend. To read more click here!

A European twist to this year's Cycle Challenge
Congratulations to all individuals and workplaces that took part!

Dublin and Limerick were two of the 52 European Cities that took part in European Cycle Challenge that ran during May. And it was sunshine all the way, with extra heat generated by the amazing 108,000 cycle kms peddled by over 1,000 Dubliners, to achieve a very respectable 13th place on the City leaderboard. The Dublin prize giving ceremony was held in the NTA during bike week,16th June 2016 (click here to read more)

Get active to work during European Mobility Week
Taking place from 16 - 22 September, 2016

This is a European wide initiative which invites local authorities and Workplaces to arrange activities and events which promote and contribute to a shift towards sustainable urban transport. It can be a great opportunity for workplaces to get thinking about Mobility Actions, and in particular for Car Free Day on the 22nd Septermber 2016!  Why not see what your workplace can do! Read More

Smarter Travel Awards

Good news! We've extended our deadline! The national Smarter Travel Awards deadline has been extended to February 2017. We'll be in touch in the coming weeks with details on how you can enter. Read More

Free travel on Child Leap Cards
July 25 - August 7 11th July 2016

Make the most of your family’s summer holidays by using public transport - All Child Leap Card holders (aged between the ages of 4 and 18) can travel free on any Leap Card service for a fortnight from Monday July 25... Read More

Is your Workplace Smarter Travel Action Plan looking a little dusty?

The last of the summer weeks can be a great time to revisit your Action Plan, and as the deadline for the Smarter Travel Awards entry has been extended to February 2017, there's still plenty of time to do some great things if you start now!


Your recent travel survey can also give you insights into travel behaviour and attitudes, and help prioritise your action plan. If your workplace missed out on the April online incentivised survey opportunity, there is another opportunity to take part this Autumn... if you would like to know more, get in touch before September.

  Winning cyclists and Workplaces at the National Transport Authority European Cycling Challenge Awards – representatives from the two winning Smarter Travel Workplaces, St Vincent’s University Hospital and Roughan & O’Donovan, are joined by other winning cyclists from SSE Airtricity, Oracle, Clifton  

Sometimes it's the unremarkable things done often to support Active Travel in your workplace that make a difference.

And it's those same little achievable things, often more easily replicable, that can get you noticed for a Smarter Travel Award! The deadline has been extended to February 2017.

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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