Our staff make first place in a national cycling challenge

Our University has come first nationally in a Love to Ride Cycle Challenge. 258 University staff took part covering over 32,000 miles on their bikes throughout the month of September. Their efforts helped save a total of 4,585Kg of CO2.

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The University also triumphed in regional subcategories of the competition, with AMRC staff and the Department of Biomedical Science teams both coming second in their categories.

Individual staff members contributed to the impressive University score by clocking up as many miles as possible on their two wheels. They recorded scores via the Love to Cycle platform or the Ride Report app. As well as boosting the University’s overall score, there was an opportunity to win an array of bonus prizes including holidays, new bikes, vouchers and more.

Staff winners attended a presentation event in Sheffield Town Hall in November. Simon Geller from CICS received the national prize on behalf of the University, and Steve Winder from the Department of Biomedical Science and Ian Loasby from the AMRC accepted prizes on behalf of their colleagues.

Cycle September, which is supported by the NHS and local authorities, aims to get more than 1,000 people across 100 companies in South Yorkshire on their bikes. The initiative helps promote the benefits of cycling, not only as a quicker and more economical way to get from A to B, but also as a way to reduce CO2 emissions and air pollution. This year the competition was the main event of Love to Ride’s ‘Year of the Bike’ and saw record numbers of participants signing up. At the University we ran a campaign to encourage as many as possible to sign up, sharing the significant health and environmental benefits of cycling.

Love To Ride’s mission to get more people cycling is still ongoing and it isn’t too late to get involved. You can find out about the events they run throughout the year and the prizes you can win on the Love to Ride South Yorkshire website.