Sunderland colleagues take on cycle-to-work challenge

Staff at HMRC Washington go the extra mile.
Staff at HMRC Washington go the extra mile.
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TEAMS of colleagues are stepping up to the travel challenge this summer.

Cycling and walking is in full force across Wearside businesses as they take part in a sustainable travel competition, Go The Extra Mile.

Organised by Go Smarter, the North East sustainable travel initiative, the contest is encouraging people to save money, help the environment and reduce congestion by leaving the car at home for the commute to work.

Throughout this month, teams are logging the number of miles they travel to and from work by bike or on foot instead of taking the car.

Coun Michael Mordey, cabinet member with portfolio for city services at Sunderland City Council, said: “We need to persuade more people to leave the car at home and consider other ways of travelling, and competitions like this are a great way of achieving this.

“Good luck to everyone taking part, and I hope that once it is over, walking, cycling or taking public transport to work will become second nature to a lot more people.”

Groups from businesses across the North East will compete for a prize worth up to £1,000.

Points earned for each mile completed can be redeemed against a range of special offers and prizes, and the team that completes the most miles will win a night out and supermarket shopping vouchers for each member.

Teams of 10 colleagues are taking part, including a team from HM Revenue and Customs Washington.