People can now sign up to take part in Cycle September – one of a range of initiatives to encourage more people to cycle in and around Greater Cambridge.
New cycle stands to be installed in time for Cycle September
Cycling champions Love to Ride will run four cycle challenges on behalf of the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) this year, including June’s Bike Week and the upcoming global bike challenge, Cycle September.
Workplaces compete to log rides and get the most staff to take part in Cycle September. There are prizes, including a holiday to New Zealand, up for grabs and you only need to ride a bicycle for ten minutes anywhere and anytime for your participation to count towards your team’s score.
Emma Cross, project manager for Love to Ride Cambridge, said: “We're delighted to be working with the Greater Cambridge Partnership - it's great to be building on the fantastic work they have been doing to improve existing cycleways and to create new cycle routes to encourage more people to get pedalling.
“It doesn’t matter if you ride every day or if you haven’t been on a bike in years, Cycle September is all about giving it a go. It's completely free for everyone who lives or works in Greater Cambridge and there are loads of great prizes on offer. So sign up and take part!”
The Greater Cambridge Partnership is investing millions of pounds on cycling projects, including the Chisholm Trail, 12 Greater Cambridge Greenways and five Cross City Cycling schemes to extend and enhance the city’s already first class cycling links.
Later this month, work will begin to install 77 new cycle stands around the city to make it easier for people to get around and securely lock up their bike. A further two cycle parking bays for bikeshare bikes will be added in Regent Terrace and some existing cycle racks will be repaired.
This GCP will also add 79 new cycle lockers across the Park and Ride sites and has recently installed new ‘low level’ cycle traffic signals at the junction of Arbury Road and Campkin Road to allow cyclists to move off before other traffic to improve safety.
To enter Cycle September, you need to register on the Love to Ride website and then enter your rides manually or by linking to a cycling app. The Love to Ride website helps members to set themselves goals, track their mileage, earn badges, share photos and encourage others to take part.
For more information about the GCP’s cycling projects visit www.greatercambridge.org.uk
The Greater Cambridge Partnership is the local delivery body for a City Deal with central Government, bringing powers and investment, worth up to £1 billion over 15 years, to vital improvements in infrastructure, supporting and accelerating the creation of 44,000 new jobs, 33,500 new homes and 420 additional apprenticeships.