Chichester Workplace Cycle Challenge - successfully getting more people on bikes

Jane Noble, the Chichester Workplace Challenge winner, with her new bike

Chichester Workplace Cycle Challenge - successfully getting more people on bikes

A county council employee and the managing director of a local business talk about their experiences of the Chichester Workplace Cycle Challenge.

Jane Noble, West Sussex County Council - Winner of a new Specialized Crosstrail

Jane used to enjoy the occasional commute into work by bike but this activity was curtailed following the loss of her trusty steed. The Workplace Cycle Challenge has been a catalyst in motivating Jane to cycle the nine miles to work again on an older bike than the one she owned, so she began contemplating buying a new one. Winning the new bike is a real windfall and will help Jane to satisfy her desire to ride to work again more frequently.

Jane says: “I can’t believe that I won the bike! Lots of my colleagues urged me to take part in the challenge and I thought it was a great idea. I am usually part of a car share scheme, but I plan to continue cycling into work when I can as I feel more energized, especially now that I have a new bike.”

I am usually part of a car share scheme, but I plan to continue cycling into work when I can as I feel more energized, especially now that I have a new bike.

Jane Noble, Chichester Workplace Cycle Challenge winner

Dawn Lawrence, Q Hair & Beauty Managing Director 

Throughout 2010, Q Hair & Beauty has been focusing on health and wellbeing, promoting the benefits of active living. Staff are enjoying a healthier lifestyle, which in turn generates a fitter workforce and a happier workplace. The challenge represented a great opportunity for everyone to enjoy a cycle ride either to work or for fun.

A computer was made available for the staff so they could register and log their rides. The staff have enjoyed cycling so much that they are planning a social bike ride and maybe a picnic next month.

Dawn says: “I do try and promote a healthy lifestyle among my staff. I think the Challenge was a great idea and I urged all my staff to sign up. It was great that a third of our participants were new to cycling and felt encouraged to ride by their colleagues.

"Personally I am hooked and I’ll definitely carry on cycling now that it has finished. Cycling is a great way to get fit. I will be cycling into work when I can and cycling for fitness as much as possible. I have even put my gym membership on hold for three months because I intend to cycle in the evenings. It’s just great exercising outdoors and you get to see the local area, too."

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