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Defending our crown – Will the New Forest be the car-free kings of the Commuter Challenge?

The New Forest has long been a great place to explore without your car, and last year it also proved to be a winning destination for car-free commuting.

Staff at the New Forest National Park Authority and New Forest District Council each won an award for travelling to work on foot, by train, bike, bus or by sharing a lift in My Journey Hampshire’s Commuter Challenge.

Commuter Challenge Blog New Forest National Park Authority (NFNPA) and New Forest District Council (NFDC) staff with the My Journey Hampshire Commuter Challenge trophies at Lymington Town Hall in 2013

Last May over 1,500 people took part across south Hampshire, saving a total of £70,000 on their regular commuting costs. Overall, more than 250,000 miles were travelled in a more environmentally-friendly way and a staggering 4,000,000 calories burnt.

The National Park Authority finished top of the leader board in the medium organisation category, whilst the District Council came first in the large organisation category.

NFNPA Sustainability Officer Andy Brennan cycling to work during last year's Commuter Challenge

However both organisations face stiffer competition for this year’s Commuter Challenge which runs from 1 to 31 May, as it’s been extended from south Hampshire to the whole of the county. The chance to win prizes and up to 1/3 off bus and rail travel will no doubt attract more organisations and companies to take part.

Will the New Forest National Park Authority and District Council be able to defend our titles? We’ll certainly do our best. The Commuter Challenge also helps the National Park Authority’s own aim to encourage 370,000 people to get out of their cars and use greener transport by 31 March 2015. But even if we don’t win we’ll save a bit of money, help the environment, get a bit fitter and have a bit of fun at the same time.

To take part in the Commuter Challenge visit or to discover more about car free travel in the New Forest National Park go to

This entry was posted by on Monday 28/04/2014


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