Jam Busting June (JBJ), the innovative travel scheme to get commuters to swap their cars for greener and more sustainable modes of transport, had twice as many entrants than last year.
The scheme ran throughout Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire during the month of June to encourage motorists to walk, cycle, car share, or catch the bus or train to work instead of driving.
More than 3,000 people took part, from over 240 organisations, saving 70,000 car miles and CO2 levels were reduced by more than 8.3 tonnes. 384 of these participants (12%) were staff from the University of Bristol, meaning the University was the organisation with the largest amount of participants – so a big thank you to all those who took part!
The scheme worked by awarding points to commuters for every day they travelled to work without their car. The commuters with the most points were then entered into a prize draw with the chance to win top-of-the-range bicycles, an iPod and lots of other goodies.
20 prizes were awarded to the University of Bristol, including three team prizes. Ale Fernandez, Institute for Learning and Research Technology, was awarded one of the main prizes – £200 worth of bike/bike accessory vouchers donated by Urbis.
The prize giving ceremony took place on the 24th August.
Ale said: ‘I was delighted to win this prize, having entered the Jam Busting June competition simply so that I could more socially, keep track of something
I believe we should be doing anyway: trying to travel in as ethically and environmentally friendly way as possible in the face of climate change’
The Jam Busting June Team were delighted with this response this year and it is likely the event will take place again. If you have any suggestions for future years please do let me know. (Amy.firstname.lastname@example.org)
A full list of prize winners can be seen on the JBJ website – www.JamBustingJune.com