Up for the challenge? Change the way your staff commute to work

Commuting to work with friends is a fun and social way to start the day

Commuting to work with friends is a fun and social way to start the day

people cycling to work

Being a cycle-friendly employer can improve employee wellbeing, retention and motivation

A little bit of healthy competition goes a long way and that’s definitely proved the case for our online challenges this year.

How do the challenges work?

We put participating workplaces in competition with one another to see who can carry out the highest number of sustainable journeys to work. Challenges vary in length from two to eight weeks.

They then log these on our dedicated challenge websites and the workplace with the highest percentage of participating staff members is crowned champion.

Throughout the challenge we offer lots of incentives and competitions along the way. Our much sought-after grand prizes encourage everyone to log as many sustainable journeys as they can. In our Legal Sustainability Alliance challenge this year there’s even a pair of Eurostar tickets to Paris up for grabs!

Changing the way you commute

It’s not all about winning though. By running challenges we hope that it will encourage more people to change the way they commute to work. Taking part in a challenge makes this change that little bit easier and a lot more fun.

Whether it’s a shorter, two mile trip or a colossal commute both count for the same sustainable journey in a challenge. They all make a difference to the environment and improve our health.

The results are in

People have been ditching the car keys and getting stuck into challenges from all over Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the results have been fantastic.

Our West of England challenge, run in partnership with TravelWest, is a perfect example. In the six weeks that the challenge ran we got an amazing 160 workplaces and 3,430 people taking part.

Together they managed to clock up an enormous 71,928 journeys, burning over 12 million calories and saving over 60,000kg of CO2. Not bad, I think you’ll agree!

People loved making the switch and finding out that the journey is just as important as the destination:

“Rather than take the car from the office last Friday I took the yellow ferry boat from outside the office window to the hippodrome and walked the rest. What a pleasant way to travel and I still arrived in the same time as the car would have taken to get there!”

Want to encourage active travel in your workplace? Take a look at our list of ideas to change the way your staff commute

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