Cardiff and Vale UHB is a signatory to the Healthy Travel Charters in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. The Charters commit signatory organisations to supporting and encouraging their staff and visitors to travel in a sustainable way to and from their sites.
Through fourteen ambitious actions, the Charter promotes walking, cycling, public transport and ultra-low emission vehicle use. The actions include establishing a network of sustainable travel champions, developing targeted communications campaigns for staff, offering and promoting the cycle to work scheme and increasing the availability of video-conferencing for meetings to reduce the number of journeys staff need to make across sites. The Charter runs for a three year period following the launch in April 2019, with actions due to be completed by April 2022.
Organisations which signed the Cardiff Charter at launch alongside the Health Board were Cardiff Council, Natural Resources Wales, South Wales Fire and Rescue, South Wales Police, HM Prison and Probation, Welsh Government, National Assembly for Wales, Sport Wales, Public Health Wales, HM Revenue & Customs, National Museum for Wales, Welsh Ambulance, and the Office of the Future Generations Commissioner. Together, these organisations employ over 33,000 members of staff in the city of Cardiff, whom they will be encouraging to make a healthy and sustainable change to the way they travel.
Air pollution in parts of Cardiff exceeds EU legal limits, increasing the risk to health, with road transport responsible for around 80% of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) measured at the roadside. Long-term effects of air pollution include increased rates of lung disease, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
By working together with a view to the long-term, public sector organisations in the City aim to increase the proportion of journeys made to and from workplaces which are sustainable, reducing the impact on the environment and improving the health of people in Cardiff now and in future generations. The public sector in Cardiff employs almost one in three adults in the City.
There is more information on the Healthy Travel Charters at healthytravel.wales/charters
Cardiff & Vale University Health Board is an active entity continually improving. As a health board, we aim to exceed our responsibilities by delivering more than healthcare. We are always striving to be better. By continuing to make a difference not just for today, we hope to leave a lasting example for future generations to follow.
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