York rises to the Cycle Challenge

11 Jul 2013 @ 11.12 am
| News

Issued by City of York Council

The York Cycle Challenge has got off to a flying start with over 100 organisations from across the city registering to taking part, including the University of York and major employers such as York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Over 1,500 people have taken to their bikes so far and pedalled more than 50,000 miles.

With less than two weeks to go, it’s hoped that even more people will choose to get involved before the challenge ends on Sunday 21 July.

The York Cycle Challenge is a competition to encourage people to take to their bikes and discover the joys and benefits of cycling. Workplaces are competing in one of six different size categories to see which can get the most employees cycling. 

The event is for all employees, whether they already cycle or haven’t been on a bike for years. The idea is that individual’s cycle at a time to suit them, even if it’s only for ten minutes.

To make sure their bike rides contribute towards their workplace’s success, they must record the details on the York Cycle Challenge website.

Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability, said: “We saw a great response from businesses across the city last year, with hundreds of cyclists taking part and clocking up over 100,000 miles in the York Cycle Challenge – the equivalent of cycling over four times around the world.

“This year we hope to do even better and the council is encouraging its staff to take part. With the Tour de France just around the corner, we hope this will motivate even more people to try out the cycle challenge.”

The challenge is being organised in conjunction with Challenge for Change and City of York Council.


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