The three-week competition in May and June offered workplaces and teams across the city the chance to compete against each other for prizes. It aimed to introduce as many people to cycling as possible and to encourage them to ride to work or for leisure.
Jane Kynnersley from Kelloggs, one of the winning companies, said: “It's been a great Cycle Challenge and the website has been so informative and interactive. 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. Thanks to Ross and Seamus for the encouragement and initiative.”
Challenge Coordinator Ross Adams said: “The results from Manchester show the challenge created by CTC and Challenge for Change really works. It encouraged thousands of people to take to their bikes to discover the joys and benefits of cycling. 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.
Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: “Cycling is fun, free and a fast, easy way of getting around Greater Manchester – whether it’s cycling to work, starting or finishing your public transport commute by bike, or purely for recreation.
“The TfGM Cycle Challenge has been a great success and has led to lots of people trying cycling again for the first time in years and discovering that it is a useful and enjoyable form of transport.
“We’re keen to encourage more people in Greater Manchester to get out and about by bike, and that’s why we’ve been delighted to support this initiative along with CTC. We hope the TfGM Cycle Challenge has inspired many to give cycling a go.”
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
Participants logged their cycling online and a variety of prizes were on offer for individuals and teams from a hot air balloon ride to a tour of the Manchester Velodrome, bike shop vouchers and a meal for two at Harvey Nichols.
Members of the winning teams won a Tour of the Manchester Velodrome, an ice-cream delivery at their workplace, wine tasting evening and a meal out at a top restaurant.