STAFF at firms across Portsmouth and the surrounding area are being urged to leave their cars at home and find alternative means to get to work.
Whether it’s by train, cycle, bus or even more innovative transport like pogo sticks or stilts, everyone can take part in the Big Green Commuter Challenge.
It runs from May 14 to May 20, and it is a competition between firms and organisations in Portsmouth, Havant, Fareham and Gosport to see which can save the most car miles.
In the nine years of the challenge so far, organisations have saved 403,421 car miles. This year the challenge aims to boost that total past 477,710 miles, the distance to the moon and back.
Organiser Amanda Morris said: ‘We’re asking all organisations in the area if they’ve got the right stuff. Join the mission and help us get to the moon and back.
‘If you run an organisation or business, large or small, you can take part. If you work somewhere, then get your boss interested.
‘It’s a chance to get your organisation doing something real for the environment. Not to mention easing parking problems and cutting congestion.’
She added: ‘We’re open for entries until May 4, so to get this many organisations signed up so soon is brilliant.
‘It looks like we’re well on target to achieve our mission.’
People taking part in the challenge can get discounts on buses, trains and cycle kit.
The challenge was this year launched at 1000 Lakeside in North Harbour.
Latest employers to sign up include BAE Broadoak, Gosport Borough Council, Jobsite. Portsmouth City Council, Highbury College, P & SE Hampshire Partnership, Transalis, dstl, Eco Drift Ltd, Havant Borough Council, University of Portsmouth, Codestorm and Fareham Borough Council.