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Cycle September Success

Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2019


The image shows "Dr Bike" , a mobile bicycle repair and maintenance service from Outspoken. A small marquee with a red roof and a white "Outspoken" logo is set up on a pedestrian area on the footway outside Parkside Police Station in Cambridge. A man in a red t-shirt, black cap, and black apron has a bike clamped in a riased stand under the marquee, as he takes some tools from a blue portable workbench.

Thousands of people have been taking to two wheels as part of Cycle September – and covered more than 220,000 miles.

 Over 2,000 people in Greater Cambridge have used their bikes for over 28,000 trips – saving approximately 87,000lbs of carbon dioxide emissions.

Cycle September is a competition run by cycling champions Love to Ride on behalf of the Greater Cambridge Partnership to see which workplaces can get the most staff to ride to work. 

 More than 180 employers and organisations in Greater Cambridge are taking part, including Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, ARM, Cambridgeshire County Council, AstraZeneca, Amazon, CRM Surgical and CamCycle.

 Owlstone Medical based on the Science Park are currently global leaders for a business their size.

 Aimee Harper, from the Owlstone Green Committee, said: “The green committee at Owlstone were looking for ways to encourage more staff to cycle to work, and the Cycle September promotion has provided a great way to achieve this.

 “It has created quite a buzz around the office, especially since we took first place! It has served as a great motivation for people who have been meaning to start riding, but needed that extra push, and also provided opportunities for social events, such as the social cycle we will be hosting soon.”

 This week, dozens of people had their bicycles checked over during Dr Bike cycle maintenance sessions at Owlstone and Parkside Police Station in the city – one of a number of cycling initiatives laid on as part of Cycle September, the Global Bike Challenge.

Those taking part can win prizes such as a champagne punting trip, a new bicycle or a £100 shopping voucher – for more information or to sign up visit: lovetoride.net/cambridgeshire

The Greater Cambridge Partnership is investing millions of pounds on cycling projects, including the Chisholm Trail, 12 Greater Cambridge Greenways and five Cross City Cycling schemes, to extend and enhance the city’s already first class cycling links.