The Connecting East Lancashire Access Fund project is a Department For Transport funded project that looks to reduce congestion and carbon emissions from single occupancy fossil fuel car journeys.

The project supports organisations to increase their health and well-being by encouraging, empowering and training individuals to participate in cycle and walking events. This may include Adult cycle training, led ride sessions, maintenance sessions, Bike Rentals for both employed, job seekers and apprentices.

What support is available?

The Connecting East Lancashire Team work with businesses across east Lancashire to create a sustainable travel action plan. This may include a review of an existing Travel Plan, conducting a travel survey or an onsite audit. Action plans can be created to meet individual needs and can contain potential recommendations and interventions.

Engaged businesses will have the opportunity to engage in:

  • Cycling Training Sessions – providing the opportunity for employees/students to up-skill and improve their cycling confidence
  • Cycling Maintenance Sessions – Providing the opportunity for employees/students to up-skill and become more competent at basic cycle maintenance
  • Roadshow Events – Interactive roadshow events promoting cycling and walking initiatives, facilities and service information
  • Personal Travel Planning advice and transport assistance – Provision of quick and simple advice on the most efficient modes of transport and routes, providing information on all available transport modes, costs, health benefits and registered car users in the area.  Through partner organisations financial support maybe available for those starting out in employment or training
  • Bike Hire Scheme – Providing the opportunity to participate in the Bike Hire scheme on a monthly basis including electric bikes
  • Annual Cycling and Walking Challenges – To increase participation and raise awareness of the benefits of cycling and walking opportunities
  • Annual inter-business challenges – providing an opportunity for cycling and walking events to be inter-business/organisation challenges with other partners
  • Workplace Walks Programme – Promotion and coordination of a series of walks, for example lunchtime walks and raising awareness of the health benefits of walking
  • Walk Leader Training – Employees/Students can partake in walk leader training to deliver bespoke led walks programmes

Who is it for?

  • It is for the East Lancashire (Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Ribble Valley, Rossendale and Blackburn with Darwen districts).
  • The Access Fund Service is for medium and large organisations and the community.
  • It is targeted at the employed and unemployed especially job seekers and apprentices.
  • Colleges and tertiary levels of education.

How does it work?

To find out more and apply for support in your area please call:

  • Burnley – 01772 359087
  • Hyndburn & Rossendale – 01772 533946
  • Pendle & Ribble Valley – 01772 537906

E-mail the team: Accessfund@lancashire.gov.uk

Or visit: www.connectingeastlancashire.org.uk

Working with and supported by:

  • ERDF - logo
  • Enterprise Nation - Partner