Council in step with walkers

Recognition: Kirklees Council has become a Walk Friendly Workplace.
Recognition: Kirklees Council has become a Walk Friendly Workplace.

Kirklees Council is the latest employer to be recognised as a Walk Friendly Workplace as part of West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s £60million CityConnect programme aimed at making it easier for people to walk and cycle.

In partnership with UK walking charity Living Streets, the CityConnect team works with employers to help them encourage staff to commute on foot and build more walking into their working day.

Walk Friendly Workplaces strive to make travelling on foot an easy and convenient option, support staff to be more active, and have someone championing walking and its benefits.

With support from the CityConnect team, Kirklees Council has hosted staff events offering expert advice to employees about how walking can benefit their health and wellbeing, and produced maps with walking routes between council offices in Huddersfield and Dewsbury to inspire staff to travel on foot.

Jacqui Gedman, chief executive of Kirklees Council, said: “We know encouraging more people to travel on foot has a big role to play in making Kirklees a great place to live, work and play. Our work with CityConnect as a Walk Friendly Workplace is just one of the ways the council is leading by example when it comes to getting more of us walking as part of our daily commute, for work related journeys and leisure.”

Kirklees Council joins a dozen other Walk Friendly Workplace-accredited organisations across the region, including Npower, Calderdale College, Leeds City Council, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, Thorpe Park, Wakefield College, four of the region’s universities (Bradford, Leeds, Leeds Beckett and Leeds Trinity) and Wellington Place in Leeds.