Eleven lucky people who work at the Ng2 business park won great prizes in a special competition that took place on June 25th, 2015.
Rail tickets, travel passes, a year’s free membership of the City Car Club and tickets for the Nottingham Playhouse panto were among the goodies presented to the prize-draw winners. The star prize – a Brompton folding bicycle – was won by Amy Monahan, who works for Specsavers.
Amy said: “I never win anything so this was a real surprise and I am really pleased. I am not a cyclist but this bike is great and I will definitely start to use it for work and for getting out and about.”
The prizes were presented on the day by Diane Simpson, Deputy Chief Executive of the East Midlands Chamber, who said: “The East Midlands Chamber is fully behind initiatives that bring businesses together, as Totally Transport does on Nottingham’s business parks, to find shared solutions and ways of working. This scheme is also important because it is promoting the notion of low carbon travel to both employers and employees in a positive way.”
Michael Foster, sales Manager for Brompton Bike Hire added: “Brompton are delighted to have supported Ng2. Brompton fully support the initiative to encourage a more active commute. The flexibility of the Brompton folding bike makes commuting via an integrated journey quicker, cheaper and more fun!”
The aim of Totally Transport is to encourage people to leave their car at home and travel to work by public transport, bike or on foot. The City Council offers travel plans for businesses and their employees at Ng2 and has worked with NET, East Midlands Trains, Nottingham City Transport, Trent Barton, Citycard Cycles and many others to promote greener transport.
Totally Transport is funded through the European Union’s Intelligent Energy Europe Push Pull Project, which awarded Nottingham £74,000 to deliver travel planning measures at three Nottingham business parks, linked to the Workplace Parking Levy (WPL). It is the WPL that provides the ‘Push’ to change travel behaviour away from using cars and the ‘Pull’ is providing sustainable travel alternatives. This reduces car dependency, congestion, carbon emissions and business costs and increases the use of sustainable transport and access to the business parks for non-car owners.
Councillor Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Jobs Growth and Transport said: “Businesses have a key role to play in using sustainable transport options for their vehicles and also to promote greener commuting choices for their staff, such as walking, public transport, car sharing and cycling. This will reduce emissions and improve the environment. It will also reduce congestion which will make business transport easier and quicker. The City Council would like to thank all those companies that have provided the prizes for this event and congratulate Amy on her win, which will provide encouragement for her to start cycling to work.”
The City Council would like to hear what public transport users, cyclists, walkers and other vehicle users like about Nottingham’s transport services. Share your thoughts on social media, ideally with a photo or video and you will be entered into a prize draw that will let you be among the first people to get your hands on the new pay as you go smartcard – complete with £10 of free travel. To enter you must use the #toptransport hashtag.