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Pedalling towards a prize
NOT only do they save the planet all day at work, now they are saving the planet on their daily commute as well.
Staff at Oxfam came first in a competition to get Oxford commuters to cut their carbon emissions.
More than 100 workers at the charity ditched their cars and found alternative ways to get to work.
The Oxfordshire Travel Challenge in June saw more than 1,000 commuters from 59 organisations hopping on bikes, buses, trains or sharing cars to get to work.
The results reveal that Oxfam had the highest proportion of workers taking part: 106 out of 800.
Oxfam HR director Jane Cotton said: “Winning this fantastic challenge is a sign of how committed our staff are to sustainable modes of transport. Our commuters include car sharers, bus and train users, walkers and even one runner.
“But by far the most popular method of transport is cycling. Our cyclists saved an impressive 2,981kg of CO2 during the duration of the challenge.
“Oxfam aims to provide the best facilities for cyclists at Oxfam House, as well as working with local organisations such as Cyclox to improve the cycle infrastructure in and around Oxford.”
During the three-week contest organised by Oxfordshire Sports Partnership, workers clocked up 132,500 miles in 12,400 journeys – the equivalent of one person commuting from Oxford to its twin town Leiden in the Netherlands 490 times. Three quarters of the journeys were by bike or on foot and the rest by bus, train, car-share, wheelchair or electric bike.
Oxfam came first in the category for organisations with 500 staff or more. The University of Oxford’s IT Services won for those with 200-499 staff and CoreFiling Ltd won the 50-199 staff section.
Hazel Walsh, from Oxfordshire Sports Partnership, said: “Although it often feels easier and quicker to jump in the car, other methods can be more relaxing, cheaper and more sociable.”
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