joined colleagues from Transport for London at a Changing Places volunteer day
which offered a chance to see the Olympic Park nearing completion, and to work
together to improve the walking and cycling routes in the area. The main
purpose of the day was to support cross-team working whilst improving the local
a gloriously sunny day when we arrived at Pudding Mill Lane DLR station.
Sunhats, glasses and sun-cream were applied liberally before walking up
Greenway to the ViewTube, a café and teaching space cleverly made from
shipping containers. The Greenway is a fantastic stretch of walking and
route which forms part of the London 2012
Walking and cycling routes
After admiring the improvements, we were given a general overview of the venues on the Olympic Park and worked for the rest of the day in the shadow of the Olympic Stadium
People were assigned different roles including litter picking, building bat boxes to be hung nearby, watering plants and planting small trees.
Over the day as a group, we built about 20 bat boxes, dug 50 holes in very solid soil and planted 50 trees. We also helped upkeep the View Tube garden and made trellis to be transported to the Channelsea area of the Greenway.
We left with a sense of
satisfied we’d made a difference to the local walking and cycling
routes. But perhaps more importantly
got to work as a team, pick up new skills and complete a
task entirely different to those we’re used to.
Find out more about the work under way to encourage more walking and cycling in the lead up to, during and after the London 2012 Games as part of the Active Travel programme and the Changing Places programme