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Mayor delighted as Council wins prestigious ‘Active Travel Workplace of the Year’ award

06 October 2017

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Maolíosa McHugh, has congratulated everyone involved in the Sustrans' North West ‘Leading the Way’ project who picked up the ‘Active Travel Workplace of the Year’ trophy at the prestigious Healthy Streets Awards in London at the weekend.

The winners of the inaugural Healthy Streets Awards 2017 were announced at Walthamstow Assembly Hall, with a host of inspiring entries gaining recognition.  The judges awarded the Active Travel Workplace trophy to Derry City and Strabane District Council.

Mayor McHugh said: “I am delighted that the Council have picked up this prestigious trophy and were recognised by the judges as ‘champions of active travel’.

“It is great to hear that the judges also praised the ‘commitment and enthusiasm’ of Council / Sustrans’ staff – and that their approach offers a template for all those looking to provide and encourage active travel in their own workplaces.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to commend the Public Health Agency who commissioned this programme and everyone involved in the Sustrans’ North West ‘Leading the Way’ project who helped to secure this prestigious award.”

Sustrans’ Workplace Active Travel Officer Michele Murphy, who collected the award in London on behalf of the funders (Public Health Agency and Derry City & Strabane District Council), said: “It was great to attend this impressive awards ceremony and pick up this important trophy. 

“It has been a pleasure to be a part of such a fantastic project – helping people get more active on their journeys to and from work.

“It was also significant that the judges reserved a special mention for Sustrans – saying that no other organisation across the UK has done more to embody the spirit of healthy streets.”

Colette Brolly from the Public Health Agency added: “We’re delighted that Derry City and Strabane District Council have been recognised with this prestigious award.

“This programme has been shown to bring real benefits by promoting staff health and well-being, with the potential to reduce absenteeism and increase productivity in the workplace.”