Pedal to win prizes with the European Cycle Challenge
What is the European Cycle Challenge?
The European Cycling Challenge (ECC) is a European-wide, ‘urban cycling’ competition taking place annually every May. The challenge was initially a small pilot in Bologna, with around 70 people, but is now one of the biggest European cycling events. In 2016, 52 cities from 17 Countries joined the Challenge, and 46,000 people cycled 4,000,000 km during May.
This year sees Greater Manchester taking part for the first time, led and promoted by Transport for Great Manchester in conjunction with cycling, physical activity and health partners and other stakeholders across the region. We’d like to get existing cyclists getting out more in May, and lapsed cyclists dusting their bikes down and joining in – all of which will help increase physical activity throughout May and raise the profile of cycling as a beneficial exercise.
Participants track km cycled (leisure and commuter cycling is fine but not sports-related), with a free tracking App which measures distance cycled within Greater Manchester boundaries (in our case) and through online leader boards they can check in real-time.
Raffle and spot prizes will be awarded throughout the month, including a star prize of £300 in shopping vouchers.
What do we need you to do?
Registration is possible via the Naviki App from the 1st April and the competition officially begins on the 1st May. The ECC will also provide valuable GPS data on movements and routes travelled, which can be used to influence cycling network and infrastructure planning.
In order to get Greater Manchester firmly on the European cycling map, and as high up the leader boards as possible, we need the help and support of partners and businesses in Manchester.
We would be grateful if you can help communicate and promote the challenge within your organisation throughout April and May, and encourage your employees, colleagues, friends and family to register to take part.