At the end of April, staff at fleet and fuel management company Arval proved that getting to work can be cheap and sustainable, even if you live several miles from the office. A group of employees who live in North and West Swindon walked to work, meeting at the Orbital Retail Park and collecting colleagues along the way at designated stops.
The walking bus idea was thought up to support national Walk to Work Week 2009. With Arval’s offices based at Windmill Hill the total walk was around five miles and pick up points on route included the Tawny Owl Pub, the Village Inn Pub and Greendown School. During the walk staff expected to burn up to 700 calories as well as improving their carbon footprint and saving on fuel costs.
Taking place from 27 April to 1 May national Walk to Work Week was all about raising awareness of the benefits of walking and encouraging the nation to fit more of it into their everyday lives. Arval staff took on the challenge by setting up a range of activities to get the maximum number of employees involved, regardless of their level of fitness or how busy they are.
For staff looking for something a little less strenuous there was the opportunity to take part in wildlife walks at lunchtimes, led by the Arval Wildlife Group. As well as giving staff the chance to explore and discover the wildlife on their doorstep, health walks have also taken place, utilising the paths around the area going to Lydiard Park, Hagbourne Copse and the Business Park Woods.
Adelle Tidball, Health & Safety Officer at Arval and organiser of the activities comments:
“As part of our CSR programme we encourage employees to consider the environment and exercise all year round so Walk to Work Week was a great initiative for us. We organised a range of events covering every day of Walk to Work Week to get as many staff involved in our activities as possible.”
“Walking is good for the environment and good for your health so we hope that after taking part in the week of activities a few staff who wouldn’t normally walk will see the benefits and consider doing it more often.”