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It's all about you! Get involved and save yourself time and money whilst improving your health and wellbeing. The Dorset Commuter Challenge runs from 1 March - 31 March 2019.

What is the Challenge?

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

Anyone who works in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset can take part and we're hoping to get as many workplaces signed up as possible.

Its great fun and we'll be giving out loads of great prizes along the way. Once your workplace is signed up you can compete as part of a team or on your own. All you have to do is register and start logging your journeys to get on the leaderboard.Don't forget to encourage as many colleagues as possible to join in.

If your workplace hasn't signed up yet, you can sign it up, or find the most relevant person to do it. The first person from a workplace who sign s up acts as the Captain.

If you live in Bournemouth, Poole or Dorset but don't work here, don't worry! residents can sign up and compete as individals. You can still win lots of prizes but won't be entered into the workplace prize draw.

Which journeys count?

The aim of the Challenge is to reduce the number of journeys made with just one person in the car.

Any journeys to work or for work that are carried out on foot, by bike, by public transport or lift-sharing all count. You can even split your journey up if you have to do the school run on the way or run an errand so you track all your efforts throughout the 4 weeks. 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 traveled and which mode you would have used).

The more journeys you make and record, 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 across Dorset.

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 workplaces in each size category will be those that achieve 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 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.

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