We love to ride our bicycles, figures show

If the latest figures are anything to go by, Sussex staff love to ride their bicycles to work: hundreds saddled up in 2019 for the cycling initiatives run by Love to Ride.

By registering on the Love to Ride website, participants can log miles, set goals and earn badges for cycling to work for a week, riding 100 miles or encouraging a friend or colleague to take part.

A total of 76 staff braved the winter weather to take part in last month’s Winter Wheelers challenge, clocking up 6,051 miles between them in December.

Special mention goes to Stuart Bettis from Sussex Estates and Facilities (SEF), who rode a total of 550 miles over the month, placing him second on the leader board in Brighton and Hove for mileage by a male rider. His cycling exploits also won him a free Love to Ride snood to keep his neck warm on those chilly winter rides.

And in the previous challenge, Cycle September 2019, Sussex was a proud winner in the category for workplaces with 2,000 or more staff, for getting almost 6% of staff to log their bike rides. Between them, these staff cycled 12,758 miles and encouraged 13 new riders.

Overall numbers of Sussex staff taking part in the Love to Ride scheme in 2019 increased from the previous year. The mileage covered was also up on 2018.

Matt Arnold, Energy & Environment Manager for Sussex Estates and Facilities (SEF) and a keen cyclist himself, paid tribute to all those who took part.

He said: “We know that travelling by bike not only boosts people’s health and saves money, but also brings wider environmental and economic benefits - which is why we want to encourage more of us to choose cycling for short, everyday journeys.”

James Brown, Transport Manager in SEF, added: “Whether you ride every day or haven’t been on a bike in years, these online cycle challenges help to provide extra motivation. Do sign up if you’re cycling for transport or for fun, whatever time and wherever you’re going.”

Love to Ride can be connected to a number of popular cycling apps, such as Strava, which then automatically record ride data and enter participants into prize draws during each of the challenges.

Next up is Ride to Work Week from 23-29 March. It’s not too early to register for that - and it’s worth signing up now in case you’re lucky enough to win a small, ad hoc ‘spot’ prize before the end of March.

And don’t forget to check out our online advice for information about cycling to and from campus.

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Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex and SEF
Last updated: Monday, 27 January 2020

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