Results in for Manchester Cycle Challenge

Seven times around the world for hardy northern cyclists

by Sarah Barth   June 14, 2012  

Commuter cyclist

Manchester cyclists have pedalled nearly seven times around the world - 170,000 miles - as part of the Transport for Manchester Cycle Challenge.

The three-week competition, masterminded by the CTC, ran from the May 14 to June 5, taking some of the least summery summer weather on record, but still 2,000 cyclists took part.

Workplace teams pitted themselves against one another to win prizes including velodrome tours and bike shop vouchers by logging their cycling miles online.

One of the winning companies was Kellogs, where staff had clearly been eating their cornflakes, with nearly 7 per cent of them getting on their bikes to join in.

Jane Kynnersley from Kelloggs said: “I know that people have been inspired to ride again, it's been great fun and I topped it off with the Great Manchester Cycle on Bank Holiday Monday which was superb.”

Workplace cycle challenges have been held in dozens of towns and cities in the UK, and the CTC says that just taking part can dramatically affect long-term behaviour, with 84 per cent of 'non cyclists' deciding to cycle to work more often, and regular cyclists increasing the number of trips they make by bike.


Challenge Coordinator Ross Adams said: “Everyone is a winner: employers get a healthier workforce and a decrease in demand for parking spaces; employees save money and get fit; and everyone else experiences less congestion and pollution.”


2199 people from 137 organisations recorded trips, competing to clock up the greatest percentage of staff taking part. In total, 16,418 journeys were recorded totalling 170,446 miles cycled. 358 people took to a bike for the first time in over a year.

Manchester hopes to get more people cycling by 2017 than anywhere else in Britain, both to work and for leisure. Alongside the cycle hire scheme, the plans include improvements to cycling infrastructure, including better cycle paths, improved road surfaces, more extensive cycle parking facilities and free cycle training.

"We hope that this will help cyclists at every level - from novice through to experienced and competitive cyclists - and make cycling a real transport option for people in Manchester as well as promoting recreational and sport cycling," said Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council.

The winning teams:

500+ employees – Kelloggs Company of Great Britain Ltd: 6.9% of staff cycled
200 - 499 employees – Zen Internet: 23.5% of staff cycled
50 - 199 employees – St. Edwards Primary School: 77% of staff cycled
20 - 49 employees – Environment, Parsons Brinckerhoff: 75% of staff cycled
7 – 19 employees – Triangle Architects: 100% of staff cycled
3 – 6 employees – Human Resources, Zen Internet: 100% of staff cycled

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50 - 199 employees – St. Edwards Primary School: 77% of staff cycled

If they are just counting the staff then surely there can't be 50-199 staff at a primary school. Tere's about a dozen at my kids' school!

posted by Chris James [199 posts]
14th June 2012 - 10:45

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Chris, as one of the 2 coordinators for this challenge, I can confirm the numbers of staff at St Edwards and that this is fairly typical for a primary school. They have 19 teachers, a similar number of teaching assistants, they have administrative staff, caretaking and cleaning staff and lunchtime supervisors.

The really impressive thing here is that over three quarters of the staff took part in the challenge and 35 of them hadn't cycled in over a year (speaking to them for most it was 10 years or more since they'd ridden a bike) and all of them really enjoyed it.

That's what these challenges are all about - encouraging people to get back on a bike and remember how much fun it is. Add in the benefits in terms of fitness, environment, convenience, speed and cost its always a winner!

Shay

posted by shay cycles [236 posts]
14th June 2012 - 12:31

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It's possible. The largest primary school in my area (because it has expanded because it is so popular) has nearly 1,000 pupils. Taking the principa and vice principal, qualified teaching staff and teaching assistants, the admin office and maintenance crew, you could get a little above 50 staff.

posted by Paul M [318 posts]
14th June 2012 - 12:31

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Could these percentage figures be produced in a different way, because saying that kellogg's did 6.9% whilst some smaller firm did 70+% doesn't reflect it in a good light (in fact 7% of 500+ is more than 75% of less than 49) I know this sounds like nit picking but bums on seats (saddles) is the goal here.

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posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [597 posts]
14th June 2012 - 16:06

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