This article was published in 2014, in Newsletter 117.
Cycle-friendly Babraham Research Campus employer, Cancer Research Technology (CRT), has won the Cambridgeshire Cycle Challenge and a brownie mountain.
Over four weeks in September and October, 953 participants from 146 workplaces took part in the Cambridgeshire Cycle Challenge. This is a fun, web-based competition to encourage people to cycle to work, and was run by Travel for Cambridgeshire (TfC), who promote sustainable travel to employers and their staff across the county.
As well as individual prizes for participants who made the most cycling trips and travelled the most miles, there was also a competition between employers to see who could record the most commuter trips. A certificate and team prize of a brownie mountain from Chocolicous Cakes was awarded to the top employer in each of Cambridge City, South Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, East Cambridgeshire and Fenland.
At the first of four events a presentation was made to Cancer Research Technology, based at the Babraham Research Campus in South Cambridgeshire, whose staff clocked up 166 commuter trips and 1,661 miles during the Challenge. Cameron Bell, who accepted the certificate and team prize on behalf of CRT, said, ‘We really enjoyed taking part in the Challenge and encouraging each other to record our cycling trips to make sure we stayed at the top of the leader board – we are now looking forward to adding back all those spent calories by attacking the brownie mountain!’.
Employers who missed out this time will have an opportunity to compete again in further Challenges which will be organised by TfC in 2015.
Richard Hampton, Travel Plan Adviser, Travel for Cambridgeshire (see also earlier in this Newsletter)