Ideas in Motion ambassadors are brilliant folk who try to help others travel better in Southend-on-Sea. They are busy setting an example and inspiring long-term change.
Some are employers who provide workplace incentives for people commuting in sustainable ways; others are mums and dads who’ve organised to share the school run with friends. One thing unites them, and that’s a desire to see us travel more easily, cheaply and healthily around Southend-on-Sea.
We think they’re great and hope you do too.
“I work in London, so five days a week I take the train from Leigh-on-Sea to Fenchurch Street. A year or so ago I started thinking that I wanted to be able to get to the station quicker than I was when driving, whilst also wanting to be more active. So I got myself a bicycle. I ended up using my bike so often that my car became of no use; when I wasn’t taking the train around town I was cycling, so really it was just taking up space. I sold my car, and the only regret I have was that I didn’t do it sooner!”
“The Public Health Team contacted me a few years ago asking if I’d like to attend their training sessions on walking, they were taking place over at the Forum and I was intrigued. I’ll admit, before attending the sessions I would usually take the bus straight to the hospital where I volunteer, but now I get off a couple of stops earlier and walk the remaining 10 minute distance. I am now more conscious of maximising the opportunities to walk. Also, after having mentioned the training sessions to a member of the IiM team I was given the responsibility of leading their lunchtime walks, which I did for a whole summer and rather enjoyed!”
“I started up a bike group at my local WI, primarily to make friends. I ended up enjoying it so much that I ride pretty much every day now. There’s a sense of freedom and spirit on my bike that I don’t get in my car. Not least that it’s cheaper and most of the time I get to my destination quicker. It’s not all plain sailing, I’ve had to think differently – shopping was always a car journey. I have panniers if I need to go shopping now which in itself has changed the way I shop. I’ve got to know my local shops and in the last six months I’ve lost a stone and a half with all the extra exercise. A win-win situation!”
“I try to use my car in the most sustainable way possible. I invested in a Toyota Prius, which was sold to me as the greenest option at the time. I need to travel by car for work as I often have to travel during my working day to places that can be difficult to get to by public transport. In order to make this more sustainable I car share the journey to and from work with 2 colleagues. For short journeys, once I am at work, I choose to walk or to borrow one of the pool bikes. This is a healthier option and I find it usually takes no more time than driving.”
“I’m the Manager at The Royals Shopping Centre and do whatever I can to support active and sustainable travel here, whether that’s among staff or customers. Recently we introduced new bike parking for staff which means employees who cycle to the Centre can keep their bikes safe while they work. It’s those relatively small changes which can really make all the difference. Personally I try and cycle into work at least a couple of days a week, although I can be a bit of a fair weather cyclist so tend to drive if it’s pouring with rain! I’m also the Chair of the Southend Business Improvement District and am passionate about attracting new people to come to our wonderful town, so like to promote all the great ways people can travel around Southend there too.”