People who live or work in Derby are being encouraged to turn their commute into an active one this September and take part in the A - Derby Travel Challenge.
Whether it be getting off the bus a few stops early and walking the rest of the way to work, choosing to cycle to the office one-day-a-week or walking the kids to school, the 'A - Derby Travel Challenge' aims to encourage people to make small changes to their day that can make a big difference.
Run by Active Derbyshire in partnership with Derby City Council, participants can sign up to the challenge for free at the Workplace Challenge Derbyshire page, where they can then log details every time they have travelled actively.
Each time they log that they have walked, run or cycled to or from work or school, participants will earn points which will be added to a challenge leaderboard.
The challenge will run from Saturday, September 1, to Sunday, September 30, and each week one participant will be selected at random to win a spot prize. At the end of the challenge the overall winner will be the person who saves the highest amount of CO2 throughout the challenge by being active instead of using the car or public transport.
Prizes include an intu gift card, a Fitbit alta, a Cycle Derby goodie bag, two places for the Jingle Jog at Markeaton Park on December 2, and four VIP tickets for the Great British Tea Festival at The Roundhouse in Derby on October 21.
Rachael Dyer from Active Derbyshire said: “The A - Derby Travel Challenge is all about encouraging people to make small changes to their commute whether that’s taking the kids to school or travelling into the office. Even getting off the bus a few stops early and walking the rest of the way to work can make a huge difference to someone’s activity levels.”
To take part go to the Workplace Challenge webpage. When logging activity click the ‘active travel’ option to be included in the A - Derby Travel Challenge leaderboard. You need to record both time and distance; to help calculate distance use the average walking pace of 20 minutes per mile and average cycling pace of eight minutes per mile.