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Possible challenge the country to Go Car Free in June

In a trial earlier this year, campaign group Possible challenged 12 drivers to go three weeks without using their car. The trial was such a success they are now opening it up to everyone, in the Going Car Free Challenge, which will run throughout June

Being in June, Possible hope to be offering potential participants favourable weather conditions and are asking if people can swap their daily commute or school run from the car to the bus. Or a bike?

It doesn’t have to be for the whole month, they emphasise: could you go car-free for a day? A week? 

When people sign-up to take part in the Challenge they commit to reduce their car use during June and, by signing up, they will automatically be entered into a prize draw (prizes to be confirmed soon).

Each week Possible will suggest milestones such as swapping out a regular car journey for a car-free option or discussing the Challenge with friends. With each extra milestone comes an extra entry into the prize draw. 

Support will be offered along the way, with Possible’s Sustainable Transport Campaign and Research Manager Izzy Romilly being the go-to contact for participants.

Those taking part will be sent weekly emails with advice, milestones, and inspiring stories from people who took on the Going Car Free trial earlier this year.

Possible explain the thinking behind the scheme: ‘Often people jump in their car like it’s a reflex. Our challenge is to break the habit of driving and show people how much of their travel can be done with low car alternatives. Then after the month is over, people can make changes to their lives which are most suitable for them.

‘This challenge isn’t looking for people to do the impossible, but swapping out as many car journeys that is realistic for you. By participating in this challenge, you might be surprised how possible it is for you to cut your car use.’

Click here to sign up or, if you would find the Challenge impossible to take on (and there are a variety of reason why that might be the case) you can ask friends to take part.

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