Big Commuting Challenge

About the Challenge

The Challenge is all about taking part and getting more people to try changing the way they travel. The Big Commuting Challenge runs from 5 June - 14 July 2017.

What is the Challenge?

The aim of the Challenge is to get as many people as possible commuting to work by walking, cycling, motorcycling, using public transport and lift-sharing. You can log your journeys for work too.

Anyone who works in Bristol, North Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset or South Gloucestershire can take part.

Its great fun and we'll be giving out loads of great prizes along the way. You can compete on your own or as part of a team. All you have to do is register and then start logging your journeys to get on the leaderboard.

Which journeys count?

The aim of the Challenge is to reduce the number of journeys by car on your own.

Any journeys to work or for work that are carried out on foot, by bike, by motorcycle, by public transport or lift-sharing all count. You can also log a 'work at home' day if it means you don't have to travel to the office by car on your own, and you can also log a virtual meeting (you'll need to tell us how far you would have travelled and which mode you would have used).

The more journeys you do by sustainable modes, the higher up the leader board you'll get.

Why take part?

The first reason to take part in the challenge is because it's great fun!

The online tools provide detailed feedback and allow you to interact with friends, colleagues and participants from other workplaces in North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Bristol and Bath and North East Somerset.

There are also a wide range of prizes on offer for individuals and groups.

Perhaps most importantly, cycling and walking are a great way of incorporating physical exercise into your day. Using public transport, lift-sharing, home-working and video-conferencing are great ways to help reduce congestion, and can save you money. This helps you look good, feel good, and do your bit for the environment too!

How to win

The winning workplace in each size category will be the workplace that achieves the highest level of participation.

This means that you need to get your colleagues involved and encourage them to have at least one go at travelling by a different - more sustainable - mode of transport rather than just reaching for the car keys.

They just have to try one journey and log it to be included as a participant and to get your team's participation percentage up. We hope that they will enjoy it and try it again.

To get to the top of the individual leaderboard you have to log more journeys than anyone else. We'll be giving out a individual prizes at the end of the Challenge and lots more along the way. To be eligible for these prizes you need to log at least 1 journey a week.