Walk2Work Toolkit - Getting staff going on foot

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One of the best ways to encourage staff to walk is by example.  If workers see the boss or senior management walking to work or to meetings, they are more likely to considering walking themselves. 

Set up lunchtime walking groups to get staff out and active in their break and to come back refreshed and ready for a productive afternoon.  The walkers might like to record interesting walks and put them on the staff notice board for others to use.  Or perhaps even develop a map of lunchtime walks around the workplace which take under an hour. Living Streets in Wellington developed three lunchtime walk maps starting from 3 different parts of the CBD  Wellington CBD lunchtime walks

Have a system for staff to log information about unsafe pedestrian facilities and suggestions about improvements.  The workplace walking champion can then discuss these with the local Council.  They may have a Fix It facility on their website for emailing about things that need fixed.  

Staff could carry out a DIY Street Audit of their routes to work, or of routes around work when they’re out on their lunch time walks.  Or you could suggest to Council that they could carry out a full Community Street Review of a route or area.  

Put on a breakfast or reward staff who walk to work on Walk2Work Day on 16th March 2011 or on International Car Free Day, September 22nd.

Get staff to form teams and sign up for the Summer Steps walking challenge http://www.livingstreets.org.nz/walk2work2010/summer_challenge  

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