Cycle-MK Challenge Winners Awarded

Mon 26 Jul 2010

MK Cycle Challenge winnersThe Cycle-MK Challenge was rounded off in style with a celebratory award winners’ lunch held at the Ramada Encore Hotel, The Hub. The event marked the fantastic achievements of the 76 organisations and 1,170 individuals who took part in the free, fun competition aimed at encouraging workers to rediscover the joys of riding a bike by building it into their daily lives.

Run by Milton Keynes Council and NHS Milton Keynes in conjunction with the Department of Health South East, CTC and Challenge for Change, the challenge encouraged businesses to encourage as many of their staff cycling, for as little as ten minutes, over the three week challenge period from 21 June until 11 July.

The response and effort put into the challenge from the organisations across Milton Keynes was exceptional with over 69, 917 miles cycled – equal to cycling two and half times around the world. 6,854 trips were made, with over 60% for transport purposes saving a huge 10,415kg of CO2. The challenge was not only good for the planet – those who took part also burnt 8 million KJ of energy and the equivalent of 10,537 Big Macs worth of fat!

Ceri Griffin, Cycling and Walking Development Officer for Milton Keynes Council, said; “We are extremely proud of the overwhelming success of the Cycle-MK Challenge, the commitment and passion shown from organisations around the city has been second to none. We hope to continue this success with more planned activities over the coming years that encourage widespread cycle use in Milton Keynes.”
Ian Richardson, Business Development Manager from CTC, the UK’s national cyclists’ organisation, said; “The response to The Workplace Challenge from the businesses of Milton Keynes has been phenomenal. The city had the largest number of participants in the country, and also the greatest number of first time cyclists, which really is testament to the way in which the organisations embraced the whole challenge.”

Isobel Stoddart, Finding New Solutions Programme Manager from Cycling England continued; “I have been overwhelmed by the great results achieved in Milton Keynes which really prove The Workplace Challenge is a fantastic tool to encourage people on their bikes. There is so much potential in Milton Keynes and Cycle England is looking forward to future successful initiatives in the city.”

The awards lunch celebrated all the organisations and individuals that took part in the event over the last three weeks and honoured the winners of each category, broken down by size of organisation.
The overall award for Best Performing Business went to National Energy with individual category awards based on company employee size going to Open University in the 500+ category; Computer Services Open University in the 200-499 category; David Lock Associates in the 50-199 category; The National Energy Foundation in the 20-49 category; Finance, Milton Keynes Christian Foundation in the 7-19 category and Quality Assurance & National Tax, Baker Tilly in the 3-6 category.

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