Stagecoach kick-started its Green Week programme- an annual programme raising awareness of environmental issues among Stagecoach staff & passengers, by installing a brand new bike shelter for Thanet staff. The company hope to encourage staff to leave their cars at home and choose greener and more environmentally friendly travel.
In the last few years, the company has seen a significant rise in employees travelling to work by bike, particularly in Thanet. Its 2014 Cycle to Work scheme had 50% more sign-ups than its scheme in 2012 and to date as many as 153 employees have signed up, a third coming from Thanet.
The shelter was installed at the Thanet bus depot on Monday 1 June, the first day of the Green Week programme. A series of other events will take place during the week to promote environmental awareness among Stagecoach staff and customers, including a Twitter competition on @StagecoachSE.
Stagecoach in east Kent Managing Director Philip Norwell said: “All of us – individuals, businesses, communities and public authorities - have a shared responsibility to protect our environment. We know from our own experience of running bus services that climate change is increasingly impacting our daily lives through more extremes of weather.
"We are committed to playing our part in facing up to the challenge. Despite the good progress we have made at Stagecoach in recent years, we know there is work still to be done.
"We hope that Green Week will help give a real focus for how we can all work together to protect our planet for future generations. We need to make changes not just for one day or one week, but for the long-term."