A greener start to the day

Your holiday plans might not involve a round the world trip this year, but switch one of your journeys to work to greener transport, and you could join in a virtual circumnavigation. Sustainable transport charity Sustrans is asking people to pledge to switch a car journey to greener means – walking, cycling or using public transport. The Change your world campaign aims to see how much green mileage supporters can clock up by 4 July. According to Sustrans, in the UK only 2 out of 5 local journeys of less than 5 miles are made in a sustainable way. Sustrans wants to see this double to 4 out of 5. With the weather getting warmer, walking or cycling can seem more appealing. And starting your working day with some exercise and fresh air is better for your health, and probably your productivity, as well as for the planet. The walkit.com website provides a helpful route planner for selected UK cities, letting you choose more direct or quieter options, and giving you scores for calories burned as well as carbon saved. The new cyclestreets.net site aims to help cyclists in the same way, with route plans and photos. Many employers offer facilities for cyclists, including secure cycle storage, showers and changing rooms, or tax breaks and loans for buying a bike, under the government's Cycle to Work scheme. And the journey planner on the Directgov website helps you plan your journey to work, linking together different modes of transport such as trains, buses and walking. If you can't get to your workplace by public transport, or it's just too far to walk or cycle, there are still ways to push for greener work travel – ask about putting up a liftshare noticeboard, or try looking on a site like liftshare.com to see if anyone else is going your way. There are more green travel tips for your work in our working greener section.