Posted by admin on 4th August 2015

Leave the car and get your walking shoes on – that’s the message of our new Active Travel #walktaework campaign. From today, we’re encouraging everyone who can to walk to work and school more, particularly if it’s a two mile journey or less. And, in a bid to get the nation involved, we’re on the hunt on for the best, brightest or strangest #walktaework with a new social media competition*.

Could it be yours?

To get involved all you have to do is take a pic on your walking journey and post it on Instagram, Twitter using #walktaework or on Facebook by using #walktaework and posting it to our page. By simply sharing your morning stroll using this hashtag, you could be in with the chance of winning a Fitbit Charge HR. Each week throughout August there will be one up for grabs. The winning weekly pic will be announced the following Monday via our social channels.

So, why not leave the car today, get some fresh air and get involved?

Walking is healthy, free and can be easy to fit in your day. It can relieve stress, boost your mood and clear your head. Studies have also shown that children who walk to school have improved concentration and mood. By just choosing to walk for shorter journeys, you’re therefore taking a step towards you - and your family - feeling fitter and happier overall.

Mile for mile short car journeys also produce almost double the C02, which means walking is helping Scotland become cleaner and greener too.

Don’t be put off by erratic or wet weather either. As Billy Connelly once said, “in Scotland there’s no such thing as bad weather – only the wrong clothes, so get yourself a sexy raincoat and live a little.” All joking aside, that basically means - be prepared. With a good waterproof jacket and a comfy pair of trainers you’ll be #walktaework ready. Simple.

What are you waiting for Scotland?

Let’s make August the start of something - leave the car, get walking and, don’t forget to get snapping and uploading your pics online using #walktaework.

You can also download our journeys app to help plot your journey – it lets you track distance travelled, calories burned, CO2 emissions saved and improvements in mood.

For more information please visit our Greener Travel page.

*T&Cs apply.