Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Go Smarter Challenge Is Helping Workers to Make Greener Journeys

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Go Smarter Challenge Is Helping Workers to Make Greener Journeys

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A MONTH-long commuter challenge has resulted in hundreds of people in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland trying out greener and more sustainable ways of travelling to and from work.

Go Smarter's Give It a Go Challenge encouraged people to try walking, cycling, car-sharing and using public transport on their daily commute.

Others also took part by using electric vehicles or working from home, all of which help to reduce the number of cars on the region's roads and benefit the environment by cutting carbon emissions.

Go Smarter supports people in using more environmentally-friendly forms of transport, like walking and cycling, to travel to work or school, and encourages them to be more active.

Emma Allan, acting programme manager for Go Smarter, said: "We challenged people to leave their cars at home and give it a go using green and active modes of transport to get to work. A huge range of companies took part and the challenge had a really positive impact on people's journeys to work."

Businesses from across Tyne and Wear and Northumberland took part including teams of staff from South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, Newcastle-based software company Scott Logic, Blyth's ORE Catapult, intu Metrocentre in Gateshead and Sunderland's Berghaus.

During the month, 63,973kg of carbon emissions were saved and 29,311 car miles were taken off the roads as a result of the challenge.

Helen Coatsworth, marketing manager at ORE Catapult, said: "I'm really pleased ORE Catapult took part in the Go Smarter challenge. It's a lot of fun and generates some friendly rivalry, while encouraging people to consider using alternative cleaner modes of transport which bring a lot of positive benefits too.

"As a result of the challenge, quite a few of my colleagues are now biking to work and car-sharing on a regular basis, which is great and shows the long-term impact such schemes can have."

David George, clinical ergonomic facilitator at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, said: "The challenge was good fun and helped me to get ready for winter cycling and it's been fantastic to be part of. …

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