The popular Lincs Cycle Challenge returns next month, with local businesses again competing to see which can get the most employees cycling for 10 minutes or more.
The challenge takes place from Thursday 1 to Friday 30 September, as part of the Access Lincoln programme.
People can sign up and record their progress online at www.lovetoride.net/lincs , with points awarded for the number of journeys logged, miles cycled and, most importantly, non-cyclists recruited. The more points they gain the more their team climbs the leader board.
Businesses are divided into categories, based on their size, with those scoring the most points taking home the prizes. There will also be daily spot prizes, including cinema tickets for people who encourage a non-cyclist to ride their bike and log their journeys.
In addition, the local scores will be fed through to the national competition, so you have a double chance to win.
Last year, 738 people from 67 organisations took part, riding an astonishing 100,450km. Siemens, Rockstar Lincoln, Manor Fresh Limited, FCC Environment, the Media Archive of Central England, and Unicorn Tree Books and Crafts were named the winners.
Cllr Richard Davies, executive member for highways and transport, said: Cycling is a great way to increase fitness levels, reduce your carbon footprint and generally improve your mood, and the Lincs Cycle Challenge provides the perfect motivation to give it a go.
“The challenge creates friendly competition between local businesses and departments, and as an employer you’ll be supporting happier and healthier employees.
“You can cycle at your own pace and in your own time – whether that’s to and from work, to the local shops or on a bike ride with friends or family.
“It’s not just about who can ride the most miles. Of course, the more miles you log, the more points you score, but the fastest way to earn them is to encourage a non-cyclist to get on a bike.
“You don’t even need to own your own bike. There are now over 100 Hirebikes at 19 locations across Lincoln, available to hire by the hour, meaning it’s never been easier to take part.
“This is always a popular event – make sure you’re a part of it.”
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