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There is only one week left to join the Sustrans TravelChoice Challenge. so far 17 companies have signed up to the scheme. Here’s what you need to do to enter your business and the criteria for the challenge itself. Is your business up for it?


Are you up for the Sustrans TravelChoice Challenge?

TravelChoice Challenge runs from 1st – 29th June 2014.

The aim of the Challenge is to get as many people as possible commuting to work (and back) and any journeys for work by walking, cycling, using public transport and car-sharing.

Anyone who works in East Sussex can join in.

Its great fun and They will be giving out loads of prizes along the way.

You can compete on your own or as part of a Workplace team. All you have to do is register and then start logging your journeys to get on the leaderboard.

Which journeys count?

The aim of the Challenge is to reduce the number of journeys by car on your own.

So any journeys to work (and back) or any journeys for work on foot, by bike, by public transport, or car-sharing count.

We’ll even let you log a ‘work at home’ day if it means you don’t have to travel to the office by car on your own. The only thing that doesn’t count is travelling in a car on your own (and taxis don’t count as car-sharing either!)

The more journeys you do the higher up the leader board you’ll get.

Have fun and enjoy the challenge.

Contact Sustrans

If you have any questions about the TravelChoice Challenge, please contact the Challenge Coordinator, at: harriet.knights@sustrans.org.uk

Green drinks is a regular social meet up for anyone involved or interested in environmental issues.

To kick of the first event Sustrans, the charity for active and sustainable travel, would like to invite business owners to join them for a drink in Hastings on Thursday 8 May to promote the launch of our new TravelChoice challenge.


Travel Choice Challenge starts in June.

The aim of the Challenge is to get as many people as possible commuting to work (and back) and any journeys for work by walking, cycling, using public transport and car-sharing.

The challenge will be running during the whole month of June and Sustrans will be organising a number of fun events to help support businesses that take part.

They are inviting businesses or anyone interested in sustainable and active travel to join us at this free networking event. Business that sign up to the challenge on the evening will be entered in to a prize draw as well although we have no details on what the prize is yet it should be a fun, informative and educational evening for all who go.

The details for the event are as follows:

White Rock Hotel
White Rock
35 White Rock
TN34 1JU

Thursday, 8 May 2014 from 18:00 to 19:30 (BST)

To register please contact Rachael McMillan on Rachael.mcmillan@sustrans.org.uk or call 07528261451


Sustrans, the national charity championing sustainable travel, has launched a new project to help small businesses based in East Sussex reduce the cost of business travel.


Reduce business travel costs with Sustrans

The Smarter Small Business Travel project offers a range of free* services delivered by a dedicated Sustrans travel advisor. The advisor can offer anything from advice or short courses to a tailored programme including a review of current travel habits, the development of a travel plan, staff engagement activities and monitoring and evaluation tools to review progress made.

What support is on offer for your business?

  • Site visit and audit to establish transport-related costs and potential for on-site improvements
  • One-to-one support with a specialist travel adviser to develop a travel plan for your business to help monitor the money saving measures. For example, we can advise on fleet vehicles, technology and skills to support smart working and how to promote active travel to staff.
  • Delivery of practical activities such as group walks and rides, cycle training, technology skills workshops and information events
  • Invitations to business networking events and opportunities to share best-practice
  • Signposting to grants to enable smarter ways of working and travelling, and signposting to local providers and tools to support our work
  • On-line resources and web-based challenges between participating businesses
  • Monitoring and evaluation, including baseline and follow-up audits and surveys
  • Recruitment of, and training and support for, a workplace sustainable transport champion

Who can take part and why is it free?

The project is open to independent East Sussex based businesses with fewer than 250 employees and a turnover of less than £35 million. It is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and East Sussex County Council, who are keen to see small businesses improve their profitability and reduce their carbon footprint.

How can you get involved?

For more information or an informal chat about the project, please contact either: