Saddle-up for Cycle September

Posted on: 30 August 2019

Devon residents and businesses are gearing up for the fourth Cycle September and workplaces and individuals are invited to take part in the annual cycle challenge.

So far more than 900 new riders have been encouraged to take up cycling by signing up to the scheme. In total, over 2.3 million miles have been clocked up since Cycle September first took place.

The challenge is a fun, free competition to see which workplace can get the most staff riding throughout September and this year  the event will see more workplaces than ever before take part.

The workplaces with the highest percentage of staff riding a bike in September will win their size category.

Individuals will be eligible for prizes for riding and encouraging others. In addition, organisations can challenge a direct competitor in a ‘frenemy’ head-to-head competition.

The challenge enables staff and organisations to log their commutes and leisure rides throughout the month, which will then show each organisation’s position on the leader boards, for a chance  of winning some great prizes including a bespoke Ribble bicycle package .

People can also link via their favourite aactivity app to their Love to Ride account, to upload their rides automatically and interact with colleagues and friends by giving them a ‘high five’ or ‘kudos’ for their efforts, shared photo’s or stories.

For those keen to take up cycling but lacking in confidence or skills, free cycle confidence sessions are available through Devon County Council’s Travel Devon service.

These sessions are tailored to fit the needs of those taking part – from covering basic cycle skills to support in riding the safest route to work.

Love to Ride Devon are offering people who have not or cycled very little over the last year, a £10 voucher to spend on bike hire or bike maintenance.

Cycle challenges in Devon are part of a package of measures being delivered by Devon County Council using Department for Transport grant funding, encouraging more people to travel by bike.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for cycling, said: “The cycling sessions on offer are a great opportunity for those who want to take to two wheels but need to build their confidence.

“We’re hoping that Cycle September will encourage a bit of healthy competition between workplaces and encourage people to take up cycling by showing them how it can benefit their health, the local environment and save them money.”

You can take part in Cycle September by following 3 easy steps:

1. Log in or register yourself on the Love To Ride website here and join our workplace team (select from the drop down list)
2. Ride a bike for at least 10 minutes
3. Log your rides on the website (manually or by connecting your favourite app)

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