Cymru Travel Challenge 2016

A man on his bike by the river

A travel challenge is a fun way to motivate staff to start walking, cycling or running to work

A man cycling through a park in work clothes
A woman walking to work
6 April 2016

Cymru Travel Challenge, 10-31 October 2016

Would you like to be a part of a healthier, focused and more environmentally friendly workforce? Why not join the Cymru Travel Challenge?

Running from 10th till 31st of October the challenge is a web-based employee competition that's fun and easy to take part in. You can take part as a whole workplace, department or as an individual.

It's easy to join in; all you need to do is register and log your journeys. As well as saving time and money you'll be building physical activity into your daily routine. Active travel (walking, running or cycling) can boost your energy levels and will increase your health and well-being. 

You'll also be doing your part for our environment by reducing pollution and congestion when you travel more sustainably.

Why take part in a workplace travel challenge?

The challenge gives you a chance to come together as a workplace or department where you can interact with friends, colleagues and other workplaces in Wales. It’s great fun and you’ll also have a chance to win prizes!

Active travel is fun and the benefits are numerous:

  • It keeps you fit, it’s cheap, reliable, and takes you from door to door so saves time.
  • If you cycle or walk regularly you’ll save yourself a fortune and you'll be building exercise in to your daily routine as well as travelling without polluting the atmosphere.
  • On average cyclists live two years longer than non-cyclists and regular cyclists are as fit as an average person 10 years younger. Cycling raises your metabolic rate, helping you to keep the weight off. A recent study suggested that a switch to cycling could help you lose 5kg.
  • Contrary to popular belief, cyclists actually breathe in less pollution from traffic than car drivers.
  • The average UK household spends one in every six pounds on travel. It’s not expensive to buy a decent bike and it will only cost you around £75 a year on maintenance. If you learn how to carry out basic maintenance yourself it costs even less.
  • Around 2kg of carbon are saved for every short journey that is made using a bike instead of a car. Switching even one journey a week from car to bike makes a big difference to our environment.
  • For adults, 30 minutes of walking five days a week dramatically cuts the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, obesity and some cancers.

For more information and to get involved visit the challenge website.