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Swansea Cycle Challenge 2012 exceeds all expectations!

The Swansea Cycle Challenge 2012 will certainly create a cycling legacy throughout Swansea.The results and statistics speak for themselves and prove a new generation of cyclists are growing in Swansea.
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Swansea Cycle Challenge in July has exceeded all expectations and created some fantastic cycling-related results!

Funded by the Welsh Government through Sustain Wales, the Challenge pits organisations and departments within them against each other to encourage participants to cycle for a minimum of 10 minutes during the Challenge period.


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Leicestershire cyclists pedal three times around the world in 21 days

Hundreds of workers in Leicestershire cycled over 74,000 miles in the 'Leicester Shire Cycle Challenge 2012' – the equivalent of cycling three times around the world.
Steve Goddard and Debbie Ingelsant who work at Beaumont Shopping Centre

157 people took to a bike for the first time in over a year to help their workplace aim for gold.

The Sales Team at British Gas fielded five new cyclists in the competition. They were encouraged by Chris Law, the team’s Challenge Champion.

“We all found it really enjoyable. It was an adrenalin rush feeling the fresh air, instead of being stuck in the car. Now some people who live nearby are looking to cycle in.”

Chris Law
British Gas Sales Team 

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For more information please contact Challenge Organiser Chris Randall.
Telephone: 0116 252 7131

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Notes to Editors: 

• CTC Challenge for Change is a partnership between the CTC’s Charitable Trust and Challenge for Change. CTC is the national cycling charity and Challenge for Change is a social marketing agency specialising in developing behavioural change programmes that get more people cycling more often.

• All Leicester Shire Cycle Challenge results and prize winners are published at

• Leicester City Council has been awarded £4.4 million of funding from the Department for Transport via the Local Sustainable Transport Fund for Leicester Fit for Business. It aims to work with businesses and communities to encourage people to travel by low carbon and active transport.

• The Leicester Shire Cycle Challenge has been delivered as part of Leicester Fit for Business to encourage more people to cycle.

• Between 2008-2011 Challenge for Change delivered 34 Workplace Cycle Challenges and encouraged over 36,000 people to cycle. Overall, they have inspired 10,000 ‘non-cyclists’ to ride again, many after years of not cycling. On average in 2011, 40% of 'non-cyclist' participants continued cycling at least once a week or more, three months after taking part in a Challenge. Furthermore, 12% of car drivers switched to cycling to work as their main mode of transport. For more information see:

• CTC, the national cycling charity, has 69,000 members, and is the oldest and largest cycling body in the UK. CTC inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling, whatever kind of cycling they do or would like to do. Over a century’s experience tells us that cycling is more than useful transport; it makes you feel good, gives you a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone.

A statistical look at the success of Swindon's Workplace Cycle Challenge

Find out what effect the second Workplace Cycle Challenge had on the number of people cycling in Swindon.
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What is a Workplace Cycle Challenge?

The Workplace Cycle Challenge is a behavioural change programme, designed to encourage more people to cycle more often.

It allowed organisations, and the individual departments within them, to compete against each other, seeing who could encourage the most staff to cycle for at least 10 minutes over a three-week Challenge period.

The Challenge focuses on participation rather than mileage, to ensure a fair competition which engaged new and occasional cyclists as much as regular cyclists.

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Bicycle User Groups (BUGs)

If you want to encourage more people to commute by cycle to your workplace, or use cycles for business travel, setting up a Bicycle User Group is a step in the right direction. This guide tells you how to go about it, and what the BUG can do once it gets going.
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Workplace BUGs support staff who cycle at and/or to and from work. They are usually championed by a keen cyclist plus (ideally) a core of fellow employees. Some BUGs have much in common with local cycle campaign groups and many not only look after the interests of existing cyclists, but work hard to encourage other employees to take up cycling too.

For CTC's formal policy on cycle commuting and cycle-friendly employers, see our campaigns briefing. This briefing includes facts and figures, along with a range of background information.

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How to look smart when cycling to work

It's one of the most common excuses not to ride to work but it is possible to cycle and look smart in the office. Our top tips for cycle commuters will help you make the grade.
Cycling in London

You have a choice of whether to cycle to work in your work clothes or carry them with you and change when you arrive. Obviously which you do depends on whether you have a long, strenuous journey or your workplace is just a short, flat couple of miles away.

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