West Yorkshire businesses pedal to victory in national cycling awards

Here’s a great post from our friends over at CityConnect about a hugely successful Cycle September in West Yorkshire. 

West Yorkshire businesses attended an awards ceremony, held at West Yorkshire Combined Authority, to celebrate the achievements of local organisations that are going the extra mile to encourage employees to walk and cycle more.Successful local organisations included Suma, Npower, University of Huddersfield, BJSS and West Yorkshire Fire Service who picked up an impressive trio of awards, with staff clocking up over 10,000 miles on their bikes in September. Last year’s winner, University of Leeds, put up a valiant defence of their title, but in the end a decisive victory went to West Yorkshire Police with staff amassing an amazing 25,062 miles and achieving national recognition.

Cllr Keith Wakefield, Chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee said:

“By getting involved people in our region have clocked up close to 2 million miles as part of Love to Ride challenges, playing their part in improving the air quality, health, economy and environment of our region.

Congratulations to all businesses in our region that have picked up well-deserved awards, especially West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Fire Service for displaying such enthusiasm, and whose efforts encourage their employees to travel to work healthily and sustainably. They are a fantastic example to other businesses”

A total of 15 businesses were recognised for achieving accreditation as Bike Friendly Businesses, Walk Friendly Workplaces or for topping leader boards in Cycle September. Representatives from Sustrans, Barnardo’s and Sky Betting and Gaming shared their experiences of how they are encouraging staff to overcome barriers to cycling and walking and how CityConnect initiatives have helped them do this.

Also praised at the event were some inspirational individuals, such as Tim from Sky Betting and Gaming who cycled over 800 miles and lost over half a stone in weight, adding to the two stone he’s already lost through cycling this year.

Angela Williams, Assistant Chief Constable at West Yorkshire Police said:

“I’m delighted that West Yorkshire Police officers and staff really got behind this event and congratulate everyone who helped us become Cycle September winners locally in West Yorkshire and place third nationally.

The wellbeing of our staff is hugely important and I’m encouraged to see cycling, running and other really beneficial activity increasing month by month.”

 The next Love to Ride challenge starts on Friday 1st December. Every time a participant logs a cycle journey with Love to Ride CityConnect they are entered into a Winter Wheelers prize draw to win that day’s prize. There is cycle clothing, high-quality lights, CityConnect ‘goody bags’, and even a new bike worth £500 up for grabs if they log a ride on Christmas Day itself

Image below shows representatives of West Yorkshire Police receiving their Love to Ride, 1st place award. From left to right Superintendent Sarah Baker, Head of Learning & Development at West Yorkshire Police, Councillor Keith Wakefield, Chair of WYCA Transport Committee, Richard Bamforth, Protective Services Operations manager at West Yorkshire Police and Gemma Colley, Health and Wellbeing Coordinator at West Yorkshire Police.

This piece was published on CityConnect’s site on Friday 8 December, see the original here:https://cyclecityconnect.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-businesses-pedal-to-victory-in-national-cycling-awards/

Nightriders > Get ready for Winter Wheelers

It’s that time of year again: the nights have been drawing in gradually, then the clocks go back and all of a sudden it’s pitch dark at home time. Being prepared to ride in the dark and/or poor weather doesn’t have to be costly or complicated and with some basic kit you can continue to enjoy the benefits of riding right through the bleak midwinter.

The most important thing is to ensure that you are clearly visible to other road users, for which you need two things:

Ideas1. Lights. These are a legal necessity after sundown. Research shows that a flashing rear light increases visibility significantly during daylight too, so particularly for longer and rural rides it’s a good idea to have one on at all times.* Some tips for choosing the right lights & not being caught out:

> If parts of your route are unlit you will need stronger lights (400 lumens+) – most lights are to make you visible to other traffic rather than to make every inch of the road surface visible to you

> Have a spare set of lights at your workplace for anyone who forgets theirs

> Carry a set of cheap lightweight lights with you as a back-up

> Torch T2 helmets have front and rear lights built in (you can win one by logging rides in December, plus we’ll have a hefty member discount)

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LTR Advent 2016-292. Hi-viz. This ensures other road users can see you clearly. Lights alone can have the effect of making it difficult to judge how far away a bike is but if you’re in hi-viz it’s much easier. Proviz make the best hi-viz gear in the business and it looks like stylish, regular gear in daylight.

Snap bands. Research shows that having lights or reflective strips on your legs helps motorists to recognise you as a person on a bike from as far away as possible. Proviz do them and some local authorities and businesses give them out for free: they’re cheap, help to keep trouser legs away from oily chains and are more useful for making you highly visible than they are usually given credit for.

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Follow these easy tips and you’ll be safe and seen on your bike. Invest in some basic waterproof gear too and you’re all set to ride through the winter.

In the UK there’s a prize draw every day in December and we’re giving away awesome winter riding gear, so get saddled up and make sure you’re ready to be a Winter Wheeler! Register for Winter Wheelers at lovetoride.net.

 

* https://www.roadbikerider.com/riding-skills/safety-skills/2975-incisive-new-studies-on-cyclist-visibility

Super successful #CycleSeptember

THANK YOU to everyone who got on a bike to make this year’s Cycle September such a huge success! It’s the third national workplace cycling competition we’ve run and it was the biggest and best so far.

insta, launch ride,20,362 awesome individuals from 3,084 wonderful workplaces together cycled a staggering 2.75 million miles, clocking up 262,800 trips (including over 113,000 commutes).

Together we encouraged 1,574 new riders to experience the joys and benefits of riding a bike, starting their behaviour change journey to becoming happier, healthier and wealthier.

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In South Yorkshire we celebrated the end of Cycle September with a leisurely pedal into the Peak District accompanied by an electrically-assisted trike, ‘The Beast’, carrying coffee and cake!

In West Yorkshire our cycling ambassador Dom visited workplaces with his Raleigh e-bike and trailer carrying Brompton folding bikes so people could have a go on different machines.

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We’re auditing all the results to make sure they’re fair and accurate before we unveil them on Friday 6 October.

We’re also drawing the final prizewinners – there have been over 500 so far! – who will be receiving amazing gear from our awesome sponsors, to whom we’d like to say a huge THANK YOU and give a special Love to Ride Hi-5!

 

High-5This year we were delighted to be supported by Raleigh, Carradice of Nelson, Torch, Litelok and our friends at Cyclehoop who supplied such amazing organisation prizes!

Thanks also to the local bike shops who have supported us with generous donations of bikes, gear, their expert time and, of course, that all-important elbow grease.

Look out for the Cycle September results on Friday 6 October and then the launch of our Winter Wheelers campaign when the clocks go back at the end of the month.

Until then, happy cycling!

Jack and the Love to Ride Team

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Love to Ride UniCycle – The Genius of Two Wheels

We’re really excited to be launching a new Department for Transport-funded pilot project with NUS and the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC). We’re working with eight universities and leading behaviour change specialists to get more students and staff riding bikes and help achieve the government’s goal of doubling cycling by 2025.

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Earlier this year NUS surveyed 2,000 members about cycling, and the results were fascinating:

  • 56% of respondents hadn’t been on a bike for over a year, with women overrepresented in this group
  • 45% were unaware of cycle training that was on offer at their institution
  • Those who do cycle overwhelmingly do so for transport and cite environmental reasons for riding (this is rarely the case with respondents to our surveys in other contexts)
  • 30% of students who do have access to a bike don’t use it at all, despite the most important factors when travelling to University being time, cost and convenience.
  • Not feeling safe is the most commonly cited barrier to cycling whilst at university

With these and many other insights into students’ travel habits and attitudes towards cycling, we’ll be working with our partners to devise interventions that help overcome barriers and get more students on bikes.

Project teams at each of the universities are soon to receive a batch of UniCycle t-shirts and a GoPro camera. We’re working with them to devise ways to get students on bikes at the beginning of the academic year and we’ll be convening in late October to share ideas and hold an ISM workshop with Andrew Darnton.

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We’ll be sharing insights from the project throughout the year. In the meantime, 80 universities are already taking part in Cycle September (and one of our cohort, the University of Sheffield, is currently out in front!) and every university and college in the UK is invited to join in to get more students and staff cycling.

Find out more and register here (it only takes a minute): lovetoride.net

If you’d like to find out more about UniCycle, including how to register your interest in good time for the 2018/9 programme, please email unicycle@lovetoride.org for more info.

Cycle September is here!

Cycle September – the main event of our Year of the Bike – kicked off last Friday. As of Monday 4 September, we’ve already had 7,000 people log a ride – a phenomenal start that puts us well on track to meet (or beat!) our previous results (we’ve averaged 18,500 participants in the National Cycle Challenge over the last two years).

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This year, as well as the name change, we’re inviting everyone to log their rides with Ride Report, a new app that automagically records your rides by running in the background on your phone – you don’t even have to press start or stop! This gives us great data to help local authorities plan better infrastructure, plus we get a much more realistic picture of real transport cycling behaviour because it picks up every short journey, unlike other apps. To encourage people to use Ride Report, we’re giving away £500 to spend on a new bike to one lucky winner who downloads the app and uses it for Cycle September.

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Also new this year is an Organisation Page feature that, for a small cost, allows organisations with multiple sites in the UK to join them up so they can work together to climb the leaderboard. If you’d like to find out more about this exciting opportunity to get your colleagues cycling nationwide, please write to sam@lovetoride.org

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Once again we’ve got a mouth-watering prizes pot, and everyone who takes part will go into the draw for Raleigh bikes, a trip to Brighton or Berlin, top-notch cycling luggage from Carradice of Nelson, amazing T2 helmets from Torch and incredible, innovative locks from Litelok (not to mention our global prize of a trip to Italy or San Francisco). There are lots of other prizes locally and nationally and we hope to break our record for prizewinners too – last year we gave away 877 prizes for riding and encouraging!

 

We’ll be unveiling local and national leaderboards later this week, so please register yourself and your workplace to start earning points now! It only takes a minute to register at lovetoride.net

 

Happy cycling!