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COMMUTERS have received awards for swapping their cars for bikes to help reduce their carbon footprint.

A total of 73 staff from five companies in the Havant borough took part in the Big Green Commuter Challenge, which challenges workers to get to work in a more environmentally-friendly way such as walking, cycling or car-sharing.

The challenge took place across the Portsmouth area.

The winning businesses from the Havant area were Tri-Synergy Ltd, Capita Business Services and Pfizer and they received awards at Portsmouth Guildhall.

The Mayor of Havant, Ken Smith, selected Dominic Thompson, the council’s housing services manager, as the winner of the special effort award. Mr Thompson has cycled into work every day for the last two years, clocking up around 100 miles a week in the saddle.

During the week-long challenge, Havant’s efforts meant that more than 555kg of carbon was saved and there was a 5,847-mile reduction in business journeys.