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What is the challenge?

Here you will find answers to common questions about the challenge. Still having trouble? You can get in touch with us here: challenge@sustrans.org.uk

What is the Challenge?

The Active Travel Challenge is a competition encouraging individuals and workplaces/community groups/organisations to walk, cycle and use public transport more in Northern Ireland.

When is the challenge?

The Active Travel Challenge will take place from 1 June - 30 June 2019.

How do I edit my profile?

Just go to your profile page and then scroll down to the bottom. You'll see your contact details and an 'edit details' button (no-one else will be able to see this and you'll need to be logged in for it to work). Click on this and you'll be able to edit your contact details.

If you need to edit any of your journeys just click on the 'view journeys' button which you'll find under the journey totals of your profile.

I selected the wrong team when I registered. How do I change it?

Just go to your profile page and then scroll down to the bottom. You'll see your contact details and an 'edit details' button (no-one else will be able to see this and you'll need to be logged in for it to work). Click on this and you'll be able to select a different team to join and edit your contact details.

I don't seem to be part of a team. How do I join my team?

If you registered but didn't click the 'join team' button then you'll need to edit your profile and try to join the team again. Just go to your profile page and then scroll down to the bottom. You'll see your contact details and an 'edit details' button. Click on this and you'll be able to select your workplace team to join.

If your team isn't registered you'll also be able to register it here.

How do I amend my team profile?

If you set up the team originally you will have admin rights for the team profile page.

If you are the team administrator:

Log in and then go to your team profile page. If you scroll down to the bottom of the profile page you'll see the 'edit details' button. Click on this and you'll get the option to edit team details (including adding or amending departments).

You'll also be able to find more team details by clicking the 'more details' button. This will enable you to see who has registered for the team and to get their contact details if you need to contact them.

More detail on the above.

If you are not the team administrator:

Scroll down to the bottom of the team profile page and you'll see the name of the person who has this role.

How do I find out who is the team administrator for my team?

If you need to find out who your team administrator is just scroll to the bottom of your team profile page and you'll see the name of your team administrator.

How do I email everyone in my team or edit my team to add new departments?

This is something that you'll need your team administrator to do this for you. They'll be able to access all of the teams email addresses and add departments by editing the team details.

If you are the team administrator.

Can we keep an eye on our competitors? We'd like to do better than them.

Yes you can. We call this Nemesis Challenge.

You'll need your team administrator to set this up for you but it is very straightforward.

1. Get your team administrator to log-in.
2. Get them to go the profile page of the team you want to 'watch' (find all competing teams on the
     team leader boards on the results pages).
3. Just underneath the team name they'll see a 'Watch this team' button.
4. Click the button.

Now go back to your own team profile and you'll see a section showing the teams you are watching. You'll see how they are doing and how far ahead or behind them you are.

What does the challenge hope to achieve?

The challenge aims to encourage people to walk and cycle more and to use public transport for the benefit of their health and the environment.

It's too far for me to walk or cycle to where I want to go!

You may be surprised how far you can comfortably cycle. Commutes of five miles or more are perfectly manageable, even for relatively inexperienced cyclists.

If the trip still seems daunting, why not compromise by walking or cycling to a bus stop or train station? This is a great way of incorporating some active travel into your daily commute.

Does a short walk or cycle ride really make any difference?

Making just one short journey on foot or by bike can save around 2kg of carbon compared to driving. There are also significant health benefits if journeys are made regularly.

What type of bike should I buy?

Road bikes are fast and light, but new riders can sometimes find the seating position restrictive. A mountain bike may be sturdier and has a more sit-up-and-beg riding position, but be sure to put on slick tyres if you?re riding on the road! A hybrid is a compromise between the two - a lightweight frame but an upright riding position.

Folding bikes are increasingly popular, and modern versions are comfortable and efficient. Electrically assisted bikes take the effort out of even the longest commuting trips. Currently, however, these are not permitted for this Challenge.

What would I wear for cycling?

Wear whatever you want, as long as you're comfortable. Contrary to popular belief, head to toe lycra is not a requirement for travelling by bike.

I need to take the kids to school!

Nearly 50% of children would like to cycle to school, but only 4% do. If your kids are old enough, why not try out walking or cycling together?

You could even contact other parents and organise a walking or cycling train. If they're too little, there's a great range of child seats and trailers available for (almost) every requirement.

Can I count the miles I pedal on an exercise bike?

No, we're afraid not. Besides the fact that that isn't actually a journey we want you to get out and about as well to see just how easy it is to travel by bike! Bikes bolted to the floor don't count.

Can I count jogging or running journeys?

Yes. There is a separate category for running /jogging.

How do I win?

There are prizes for the winning team (workplace/community group/organisation) in each category and prizes for individuals.

The winning team in each size category is judged by the overall rate of participation, so you must encourage your colleagues and friends to get involved if you want to win the competition!

In the event of a draw the winning team will be the one logging the greatest number of journeys proportional to the number of people in the team.

We rank the individual leader board by the number of journeys you complete rather than by the distance you've travelled or the type of travel mode you used. This means that those completing multi modal journeys will climb the leader board more quickly.

We'll be giving out spot prizes along the way just for taking part so if you just log one journey you're in with a chance of winning some great prizes even if you're not at the top of the leaderboard!

Do I have to be part of a team to take part?

No. You can take part as an individual.

If the Challenge has already started. Can I still join?

Absolutely! You can sign up at any point during the challenge.

Where can I get some good doughnuts?

Doughnuts are available from many good retail outlets. Although we tell you how many doughnuts you can eat as a result of the exercise you are getting why not go for something a bit healthier such as some homemade flapjack maybe!

Where can I get a good flapjack recipe?

250g Porridge Oats
125g Butter (melted)
125g Brown Sugar
2-3 tbsps Golden Syrup (depends how gooey you want it)

Mix all the ingredients together and press into a lightly greased baking tin.
Place in the oven and bake on 180 until golden brown (about 20 minutes).

How are the carbon, calorie and cost savings calculated?

Carbon calculations are based on data from the UK Government GHG Conversion Factors for Company Reporting 2017 [except for Bus, Light rail, Rail and Ferry, which are 2012].

Greenhouse gas reporting: conversion factors 2017

Calories burnt and cost savings are based on industry practice and data.

What will you do with the results?

None of your personal data will be shared with anyone other than Belfast Strategic Partnership and Sustrans, overall results will be used to demonstrate the impacts of the challenge.

None of your personal data will be shared with anyone other than Belfast Strategic Partnership team and Sustrans. Overall results will be used to demonstrate the impacts of the challenge, to inform future initiatives and to promote the benefits of more active travel.

Why are electric vehicles not included as a category?

In this particular challenge we are focusing on reducing the level of single occupancy car trips. While it's great that electric vehicles reduce emissions, they don't have the benefits to health and congestion that other forms of sustainable travel do.

The bus, for example, would benefit both emission levels and congestion.

Why are electric bicycles not included as a category?

In this particular challenge we are focusing on unassisted active travel. E-bikes are great but do not count during this challenge. Why not try doing the journey on your regular bike instead?

Can I record a teleconference meeting or working from home as a journey?

Both these methods are great ways of avoiding travel and are to be applauded, however this challenge is focussing on active travel and making the journey in an active way.

How do I contact the challenge team?

If you have any questions about the Active Travel Challenge, please contact:

challenge@sustrans.org.uk

I want a bespoke challenge for my organisation. Is this an option?

Yes we can offer a more bespoke challenge - please contact The challenge team to discuss your needs:

challenge@sustrans.org.uk