17th May 2012

Greater Manchester Cycle Challenge

Greater Manchester Cycle ChallengeEdinburgh Bicycle Co-operative is getting behind the Greater Manchester Cycle Challenge which kicked off on Monday.

The three-week long competition is free to take part and pits similar-sized local businesses and organisations against each other to see who can get the most employees to ride a bike between Monday 14 May and Tuesday 5 June 2012.

Try-a-bike sessions will be run throughout the competition period to encourage those new to riding to hop on a bike for 10 minutes. The aim is to give as many people as possible the opportunity to experience cycling – showing them just how fun it is whilst also enabling them to participate and record their cycle trip on the website. Regular cyclists who encourage a new cyclist to ride a bike for the Challenge will receive a free Odeon cinema ticket by doing so.

Anyone can take part, including those who already cycle frequently. Use the website to record your trips, track your mileage and keep a tally on how many beers or cakes you’ve been burning off in the process. Remember, you can ride anywhere and at anytime to take part, and you might win yourself a prize.

More than 100 organisations have already signed up to take part in the challenge, which is being organised for TfGM by CTC (National Cyclists Organisation) Challenge for Change, but even more are being encouraged to register and record their rides on the website during the Challenge itself.

The competition forms part of TfGM’s (Transport for Greater Manchester’s) Commuter Cycle Project, which aims to make cycling to work the rule rather than the exception. For more details, or to record your cycle trip, visit: www.tfgmcyclechallenge.org.uk.

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