1 November 2017

Wheelie good winners in September cycling challenge

City workers have completed the ultimate challenge - by cycling around the world three times in just a month.

More than 1,000 people took part in this year's Cycle September challenge and made over 12,000 trips, totaling almost 85,500 miles. 

Participants from 82 companies and organisations in Brighton & Hove logged rides to help their teams compete with other businesses and be in with a chance of winning prizes. 

Councillor Gill Mitchell, chair of the city’s environment, transport and sustainability committee, said: “The work by the council to increase participation in cycling is far reaching, not only through initiatives such as this but also one to one travel advice in neighbourhoods. 

"We are also building confidence for those who have not cycled for some time and reaching into some more socially isolated communities to understand the barriers that people face to choosing more sustainable ways of travel.”

Regular cycle challenges are running through to 2020 and the council wants to help more people get back on a bike and give it a go. The next challenge is December's Winter Wheelers.

Last year Brighton & Hove City Council successfully bid for £1.485 million over three years from the Department for Transport’s Access Fund for sustainable travel.

Projects include employment-focused personalised travel planning; access to work; access to education; encouraging cycling; and road safety.

The council also offers free cycle training and maintenance courses to Brighton & Hove residents aged 14 years and above.

More information about this can be found on the council’s website.