Ride the sustainable transport wave with WestCycle’s new Get2Work program

Get2Work creates greener businesses with healthier and happier staff

Welcome to WestCycle’s Get2Work Program – a cycling-focused initiative to build greener, healthier and stronger businesses and organisations.

Get2Work offers a range of benefits to both employees and employers, from reducing carbon footprint to improving employee health and wellbeing, boosting company-wide talent acquisition and retention, supporting Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) targets, and reducing staff parking pressures.

Active transport has become an essential part of modern life, and WestCycle’s Get2Work program supports workplaces to optimise and embed these evolving practices. With the boom in electric bikes and scooters, staff can incorporate an array of active transport options into their commute without always needing to shower when they get to work.

Sustainable urban mobility: How Get2Work works for your business

Get2Work focuses on five key areas: 

  • reducing environmental impact 
  • improving employee health and wellbeing 
  • being a good corporate citizen
  • attracting and retaining talent 
  • reducing staff parking burden
Green commuting, greener workplaces

Get2Work encourages and activates the use of all sustainable modes of transport to reduce your organisation’s environmental impact and help meet sustainability targets.

With bike riding estimated to produce one tenth of the Co2 emissions of many cars,each staff member who rides (around 10km each way) rather than drives to work three days per week can save something like 360kg of Co2 emissions each year.[1]

In addition, supporting active transport reduces traffic congestion, air pollution and staff parking needs.

Cycling and health: Improving employee health and wellbeing 

Boosting exercise and exposure to the outdoors is a powerful combination for physical and mental health.

Cycling and other micromobility modes have known brain-boosting benefits, and can reduce stress, anxiety and depression, while increasing focus and productivity. 

Studies have shown regular cycling increases cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and flexibility, and improves posture, balance and coordination. Cycling is also effective in reducing body fat levels.[2]

Sustainable transport: Being a good corporate citizen

Supporting active transport marks out employee-first organisations, minimises environmental impact, as well as the negative impacts of motorised commuting on local communities, while better engaging with them.

Get2Work initiatives promote healthy and sustained physical activity, elevate staff engagement activities, and boost participation in community service projects.

Micromobility boost: Attracting and retaining talent 

Get2Work bolsters your organisation’s talent retention capacity by demonstrating your genuine commitment to ESG principles and employee health. It’s a million miles from greenwashing.

By supporting your employees to embrace micromobility and active transport, Get2Work signals to prospective hires that your business is a progressive industry leader and an attractive place to work.

Reduced parking: Cheaper, greener, more convenient 

A workforce mobilised by active transport can significantly shift your firm’s parking requirements, especially in costly and competitive sites like Perth’s CBD.

Green commuting is a potent solution to an issue that affects most larger businesses and organisations.

Get2Work dramatically reduces carpark demand and business costs. Image by Hands off my tags! Michael Gaida from Pixabay
What you get 👇🏻

The Get2Work program offers several deliverables including:

  • An Active Transport Audit. A thorough assessment of your workplace’s current and future capacity to support active transport. We assess your current staff practices, the rider catchment, physical environment and facilities, workplace policies, barriers, and sustainable transport incentives.
  • Travel Plan. Get2Work helps you refine and establish clear goals to assist staff and visitors to engage in low or zero carbon transport when travelling to your workplace.
  • Once the Active Transport Audit has been conducted and the Travel Plan is in place, companies receive WestCycle Workplace accreditation that broadcasts your green commuting credentials as it supports your ESG targets and broader community standing. Simultaneously serve our precious planet and your firm’s ability to attract and retain the most talented people!
  • ESG reporting. We drill into the bike riding ESG and community initiatives undertaken during the year to deliver a potent data-rich report that can drive real change. Our ESG reports contain data, case studies, photos, and activity summary of sustainable transport activities.

[1] https://ecf.com/news-and-events/news/how-much-co2-does-cycling-really-save

[2] https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/cycling-and-your-health

To know more about WestCycle’s Get2Work program
please contact:

Wayne Bradshaw
E: [email protected]
P: 08 6336 9688

Wayne ebike-lo-lores

Tim Roach

Elected Director | Off Road

Tim has been in senior leadership and strategic development roles for more than twenty years. He is currently Director of Executive Education in the School of Business and Law at Edith Cowan University and is a past Assistant Commissioner and General Manager in the public service. He is an Accountant (FCPA) and sits on the Divisional Council of CPA Australia.

Tim has been involved in racing mountain bikes, BMX and triathlon for many years, both as a father of two children who race and as a past and current bike racer. Tim is the current over-50 State Champion in downhill mountain biking. He is also a very regular and enthusiastic transport cyclist; frequently seen in a suit and tie riding to meetings in the city on a mountain bike.

Denise Sullivan

Chair | Governance & Risk Committee

Denise Sullivan has a career spanning over twenty years in senior management and executive roles in the state public and not-for-profit health sectors.

In her usual role of Director Chronic Disease Prevention with the Western Australian Department of Health, she leads the development of state chronic disease and injury prevention policy and planning frameworks and contributes to the shaping of the national preventive health policy agenda.

Her professional interests cover many aspects of chronic disease and injury prevention encompassing health communications, health promotion and research, public policy on health and workforce planning and development.

She has a particular interest in furthering collaborations with other sectors with a mutual interest in promoting a more active and healthier WA community, and creating and sustaining environments that support this. Denise is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Leadership WA Signature Program, and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian College of Health Service Managers.

Denise is a recreational cyclist and recent convert to mountain biking (although trainer wheels still on!).