Influencing Travel Behaviour – Winter newsletter for businesses

Welcome to our newsletter for Leeds businesses. It has lots of useful information to help you promote safe and sustainable travel in your organisation this winter. 

Winter Wheelers

With the right gear and guidance, winter weather needn’t stop you from to cycling to work. For help and advice to encourage your riders to keep cycling through the winter, check out Love to Ride’s winter riding tips. Encourage your colleagues, staff and friends to sign up to the Winter Wheelers challenge for a chance to win great prizes, unlock discounts and enter the prize draw for bikes and vouchers for local bike shops.

Why not hold a cycle safety ‘Dr Bike’ event to make sure bikes are safe for the winter conditions? Or hold a winter themed cyclist’s breakfast to reward staff who brave the elements. Make sure you have good changing and drying facilities available for staff who cycle, walk or run to work. Invest in hi-visibility clothing, bags or rucksacks with hi-visibility strips and fluorescent and reflective armbands that can be worn over coats, so that staff who walk, run or cycle to work are more visible to other road users on their commute. The Influencing Travel Behaviour have winter goody bags to give away to businesses hosting a winter event, drop us an email detailing your event and we will chose the 3 best entries.

Bike Friendly Businesses

Grants are available to bike friendly business to help them improve their facilities and support cyclists. For more information visit City Connect  or contact Gavin Wood ( 0113 3481754 or E:

Visit cycling in Leeds for lots more information about cycling and plans to make cycling safer and more accessible for everyone.

West Yorkshire Travel Plan Network

Has your business joined the Travel Plan Network? Members of the Network can take advantage of a variety of exclusive offers:

  • 75% discount on the price of a standard all-zone Business Travel Pass is available to members. This pass is not designed for use when traveling to and from work, but held by the company and given out to staff to use on their work related journeys on bus and rail throughout West Yorkshire.
  • 12% discount on the Corporate Annual MCard to staff of Network members to use to travel to and from work and for any other journeys by bus and rail in West Yorkshire.
  • Discounts on an annual ticket for First Leeds Park and Ride for use on the PR1 and PR2 services only (Elland Road and Temple Green)
  • Enterprise Car Club and membership discounts.
  • Support is also available to businesses relocating or expanding to new premises.

Visit West Yorkshire Travel Plan Network to find out more about the benefits of membership and how to join.

Corporate offers from Arriva, First Bus and Northern Rail

Arriva’s Employer Travel Club offers discounts on monthly travel passes for staff. Check out if your organisation is already a member or sign up here. Contact the Business to Business Manager for more details on ( 07855 104365 or

E:  First Bus offers discounted monthly tickets with the option of automatic renewal to members of their Commuter Travel Club.  For more details visit First Corporate Travel or contact First Marketing on (07970189718 or E: Northern Rail offers Corporate Season Tickets for business employees. For more information contact their Business Development Manager (01904 56 8643 or E:

Park and Ride

Avoid congestion and the hassle of city centre parking on your commute and choose Park and Ride for a cheap, convenient and a less stressful way to get into the city. For your Christmas shopping trips this year, why not take advantage of the weekend special offer where 5 people can travel together for just £5.00. Elland Road and Temple Green P+R sites are open Monday to Saturdays (except on Leeds United home match days) and Elland Road is also open on Sundays.

Enterprise Car Club

Enterprise Car Club has some great offers for Leeds residents including: discounts for members of the armed forces, the NHS and the emergency services; discounts for members of other car clubs; £20 free driving credit if you refer a friend and a reduced fee if additional drivers are added to your account. Business rate plans are also available and membership can help businesses save time and money by replacing expensive company cars, parking costs and mileage reimbursement.

Clean Air Zone Grants

It is not too late for operators of heavy goods vehicles or non-scheduled buses and coaches affected by the Clean Air Charging Zone to apply for government funding. If your business meets the eligibility criteria you can apply for a grant of up to £16,000 per eligible vehicle to help cover the costs of meeting emissions standards. Apply before Friday 13th December 2019 to be considered in the third round of funding. For more information visit Leeds City Council, Clean Air Charging Zone

Results of the 2019 Leeds Travel to Work Survey

Over 28,000 employees of organisations across the city participated in the annual survey – thank you to all those that took part. The results highlight the continuing increase in the number of respondents travelling to work by sustainable modes of travel. The most significant changes are in overall public transport use, which has increased from 27.9% in 2015 to 31.2% in 2019 and in the number of inner city commuters walking to work, which has increased from 9.6% in 2015 to 12.2% in 2019. This is encouraging news in terms of council’s aim to tackle the Climate Emergency and for Leeds commuters’ health, with more employees choosing an easy way to build in active travel on their journey to work. Here are the full survey results.

The survey, which started in 2002, is only possible thanks to the dedication and hard work of site travel plan coordinators working across the city, and the tens of thousands of employees who share details of their travel to work every year. The data collected is used for site travel plan monitoring, and to inform future transport investment decisions. The next survey is set to be launched in March 2020.

Connecting Leeds

Connecting Leeds is the ambition to transform travel in Leeds for people who live, work in and visit the city. It has been developed in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and other partners following a city wide transport conversation with the public. Work has now begun on major highway improvements to improve bus services, park and ride facilities and walking and cycling infrastructure in the city. Work is already underway on The Headrow, Scott Hall Road A61 (N), Gloucester Terrace, Holt Lane, Moortown Corner and at Elland Road Park and Ride. For more information about the time scale for these schemes and about other proposed improvements at the Corn Exchange and on key routes and at transport hubs, visit Transforming Travel and Leeds Transport Hubs.

 Are you ready for winter driving?

Now we are in the midst of winter and all the joys that come with it, it is a good time to remind ourselves about how we can keep ourselves and others safer when driving, particularly in adverse weather conditions. For advice for those driving to and from work, for work, or in their own time, check out our blog about getting ready for the cold spell.

‘Tis the season to be jolly (and safe)

Every year, hundreds of people are injured in Great Britain in collisions involving drink driving. While this number has reduced quite dramatically over the last 50 years of campaigning, there are still some drivers who are willing to risk having one or two drinks before getting behind the wheel. And even if you’re not drinking, it’s worth being aware of the increased numbers of partygoers who may be out and about if you’re driving through busy areas. Our blog has lots of important information about the issues and consequences of drink driving.

More information?

For regular updates about the work of the Influencing Travel Behaviour team follow our blog where you will find articles about; commuter cycling, travelling by public transport and travel advice for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers.

Contact us at to request copies of the Leeds Sustainable Travel Guide and Leeds cycle maps to help you to promote safe and sustainable travel in your organistion. Tell us about the winter travel events you are planning for a chance to receive a winter goody bag.

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