Pedal power as staff rise to the travel challengeJul 12, 2014
The team, Connells Racers, is made up of staff who have committed to travelling to work sustainably.
During the Commuter Challenge, Central Bedfordshire’s Travel Choices have challenged employees in Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Leighton Buzzard to use sustainable ways of travelling to work such as cycling, bus or car share.
Teams sign up on the Commuter Challenge website and accrue points for each journey they make. There are some great prizes to be won on an individual, team and company level including return travel to Paris, cycle shop vouchers, a Kindle, gym passes, eco driving lessons and local discount vouchers.
Connells team champion is office manager Sue Radband who is encouraging staff to represent the company and show they can travel more sustainably than rival businesses.
She said: “Staff travel to the office from all over the area by bus, train, on foot or by bike. They’re now busy thinking of ways they can make changes to their journeys to work; for example staff who travel to work via Leighton Buzzard station have said they will cycle from the station along the canal.”
Staff have received additional encouragement from the construction of a new cycle shelter at Lombard House, made possible by a grant from Travel Choices.
“A number of staff cycled to work but were being put off by the lack of somewhere dry and secure to store their bikes,” said Sue.
“I found out about the Travel Choices grant and was really impressed by how easy and straightforward it was to secure funding to build the shelter.”
Cllr Nigel Young, executive member for strategic planning and economic development at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “It’s a great way for staff to try new, sustainable ways of getting to work during the challenge and, hopefully, beyond.”