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Active travel challenge saves Scottish workers £54k

Staff from 218 businessesused an online platform to log their sustainable journeys and
competed to climb a leader board

Employees who pledged to travel more actively to work as part of Sustrans Scotland’s Workplace Journey Challenge in March have logged a total of nearly £54,000 in savings in just one month, says the sustainable transport charity, writes Patrick McDonnell.

The free month-long challenge was funded by Transport Scotland. It saw 3,059 people from 218 Scottish businesses travel in ways that benefitted their health, wellbeing and the environment.

Workplaces across Scotland competed with each other to see who could clock up the most walking, cycling, public transport and car-sharing journeys in March in a bid to win more than £2,000 worth of prizes.

As well as saving £53,919 by swapping car journeys for more sustainable alternatives, employees saved 54,745kg in CO2 emissions and burned the equivalent of 33,744 donuts in calories.

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: “It’s great to see how many people across Scotland are making smarter travel choices, and getting the health benefits from walking and cycling on their daily commute. The Scottish Government will continue to invest in infrastructure and behaviour change programmes to ensure people have the widest choice possible for their everyday journeys.”

Sustrans’ smarter choices workplace coordinator, Jenny Muir said: “It’s fantastic to see how our Workplace Journey Challenge has been taken up by so many diverse organisations across the country.

“There has been a great element of fun in the challenge. Watching people tweet their pictures of their journey to work has inspired others and of course there has been healthy competition between different companies.

“By encouraging people to make small changes to the way they get to work, we hope it will inspire them to make sustainable, long-term changes to the way they travel.”

Participants used an online platform to log their sustainable journeys and competed to climb a leader board. They had access to feedback on how many calories they had burned and the amount of money they’d saved on each journey by choosing healthy, green and cheap alternatives to driving.
Individual challengers were judged on the number of journeys they complete while workplaces were judged on the overall rate of participation in the team.

Find out more about Sustrans’ workplace active travel challenges at Cycle City Active City