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Paris beckons for winner of transport challenge

Sharon, who works at Brake Logistics in Dunstable, took part in the Commuter Challenge set by Central Bedfordshire Council’s Travel Choices scheme.

It challenged teams from local businesses to get to work by sustainable methods such as cycling, walking, public transport or car-sharing. 

She travelled to work each day by bus from Luton, putting her at the top of the leaderboard and earning her the prize of a trip on the Eurostar to Paris.   

“I was shocked to find out I’d won the competition,” she said. “My colleague entered me into the Commuter Challenge so I’m really grateful to her.”

Teams from Symology, Connells, Central Bedfordshire Council, Whitbread, Luton & Dunstable Hospital and Aldwyck Housing also took part in the competition.  Each team signed up to the Commuter Challenge website and won points for every journey made to work. 

Top of the companies was Dunstable and Caddington based Symology while the top team overall was the IT Department from the Luton & Dunstable Hospital.

Symology software operations manager Richard Shaw said: ”It was good to see how many of our staff could get to work using greener forms of transport and really pleasing to see how they rose to the challenge, encouraging others to join in. 

“It provided a more light-hearted start to the day rather than grumbles about the traffic.  As a result of the challenge, I’m sure more staff will champion sustainable travel.”

Sharon was presented with her prize by Cllr Nigel Young, executive member for strategic planning and economic development at Central Bedfordshire Council. 

Cllr Young said:  “All the businesses who took part in the Commuter Challenge should be congratulated.  Sharon’s example shows that, with a little planning, it is possible for anyone to make sustainable travel a part of their journey to work, whether it is cycling all the way to the office, taking the bus or parking away from your workplace and walking the rest of the route.”