STOCKTON Council is encouraging people working in the Borough to leave the car at home and walk or cycle their way to a healthier lifestyle with the help of a new competition.
Stockton's 'BIG Challenge' competition will challenge residents and businesses to walk, cycle and use public transport as often as possible in their daily routines. People will be asked to log their daily cycling and walking journeys on the new challenge website which will automatically enter them into the challenge prize draws.
Prizes include weekend breaks and meals out for two, spa treatment days, cycling and walking shopping vouchers and much more and the organisers would like as many businesses as possible to take part.
The Lottery-funded project has been set up by sustainable transport charity Sustrans with support from Stockton Council and NHS Stockton-on-Tees. It will be officially launched on September 1 and will run until September 30.
Sustrans Project co-ordinator, Paul Morrison, said: "Walking and cycling are such healthy, convenient and cost effective forms of travel, and they are the easiest ways to help people achieve the daily recommended amount of activity for good health.
"The 'BIG Challenge' is a great new competition that will hopefully get everyone living and working in Stockton cycling and walking more and the prizes are fantastic. The website has lots of information and tips to help people start travelling actively and will hopefully show people that it is easy to build exercise into their daily routines."
Councillor Jennie Beaumont, Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for the Environment, added: "We are proud to be part of Stockton's BIG Challenge and hope to see as many people as possible doing their bit. There are plenty of alternatives to using the car and this challenge will help people save money, keep active and maybe win a great prize in the free draw."
You can log on to the web site at www.stocktonsbigchallenge.org.uk or contact Sustrans on (01642) 803441.