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Crewe businesses get cash grants to promote active travel
Businesses in Crewe have been awarded cash grants by Cheshire East Council to
encourage people to cycle and walk to work or car share.
Eight local employers, including Bentley Motors and South Cheshire College, will share more than £30,000 as part of a council effort to cut congestion on the roads, ease car parking pressure and encourage more-active forms of travel.
Firms will use the funding for a range of improvements – including shower and changing facilities for cyclists, lockers or secure shelters for bike storage.
South Cheshire College plans to use more than £4,000 to encourage staff and students to make the shift to walking or cycling. Another grant recipient, Alliance Disposables, will use the cash to set up a car-sharing scheme for staff.
The grants have been awarded by Travel Cheshire, a Cheshire East Council scheme funded by the Department of Transport, which was set up last year to promote walking, cycling and other forms of ‘active travel’.
Other local employers to benefit include Joseph Heler Cheese, Jones Sheridan Financial Consulting, Leighton Hospital, The Country Group and Assurant.
Last month, cash grants were awarded to two local community organisations, Christian Concern and Community Recycle Cycles, to help promote cycling in the town and boost skills and training locally.
The grants scheme is funded by the Department of Transport’s Sustainable Travel Transition Year (STTY) initiative, which aims to widen access to skills, training and employment opportunities by promoting walking, cycling and public transport use.
The project has also seen the creation of a new website – travelcheshire.co.uk – to help widen people’s travel options and encourage more-active forms of transport. Read more
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