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Lyons Davidson leads the Jambusters

April showers did not discourage almost 150 staff and Directors at Lyons Davidson’s Bristol offices from leaving the car at home during the recent West of England Jambusting Challenge.

For five weeks between 26 March and 27 April, over 2000 commuters from 94 organisations based in the West took part in a competition to increase their travel to work using more sustainable modes of transport. The competition’s organisers estimate that a total of 27,587 miles of journey were removed from the roads in the West of England over that time and nearly nine tonnes of carbon emissions avoided.

Points were awarded each time one of our staff walked or cycled to work (7 points); took public transport or worked from home (6 points); car-shared or used Park & Ride services (5 points) or came to work by motorcycle (4 points). All of these help to reduce the number of ‘single occupancy vehicles’ on the road – in other words, cars with no passengers – which in turn helps lower congestion, improve health by encouraging more active lifestyles, improve air quality and, of course, it also helps reduce carbon emissions associated with transport around the city.

Of the 94 organisations taking part, Lyons Davidson clocked up the highest number of overall points, beating larger employers like the council, NHS trusts and local universities. When employer size was taken into account and scores were converted to percentages, Lyons Davidson was ranked 12th overall.

We are immensely proud of the result and we know it reflects the commitment by our wider staff body – not just in our Bristol offices – to make sustainable travel choices every day. A firm-wide employee travel survey will be launched later this year to feed in to our award-winning Workplace Travel Plan; feedback will help us continue to support staff in their brave efforts to keep Jambusting.

Posted on May 4th, 2012 by Lyons Davidson