Sign up for Commuter Challenge

Published Monday, 8th January 2018

RESIDENTS of Hartlepool are being urged to "go green in 2018" and to begin by signing up for a special challenge.

The Hartlepool Commuter Challenge is running from January 8-14 and aims to encourage people to adopt sustainable forms of travel such as walking and cycling or, wherever possible, to use public transport or share cars.

The local challenge is being organised by the Hartlepool Borough Council-led Hartlepool Active Travel Hub and is part of a wider Tees Valley Commuter Challenge supported by the other Tees Valley local authorities and Tees Valley Combined Authority.

The initiative is being funded through the Department for Transport’s Access Fund as part of the Connect Tees Valley programme co-ordinated by the Tees Valley Combined Authority, the body which drives economic growth and job creation in the area through a focus on economic development, transport, infrastructure, skills, business investment, housing, culture and tourism.

Tony Davison, Hartlepool Borough Council’s Sustainable Travel Officer who co-ordinates the work of the Hartlepool Active Travel Hub, said: “We want to hear from people who decided over the Christmas and New Year period that they want to be a bit greener or perhaps do some more exercise in 2018.

“All we are asking is that they make their journeys to and/or from work in some other way than by driving a car.

“If they do then they can log their journeys on a specially set up website. Every journey they log will give them a chance of winning some great prizes, including two £100 shopping vouchers.

“Our hope is that by taking part in the challenge people could be taking a life-changing decision that ultimately results in them adopting sustainable forms of travel in the longer-term.”

To get more information about the Commuter Challenge, to sign up and to log journeys go to