Please help us get Greater Manchester on the European Cycling Map this May!
The European Cycling Challenge (ECC) is a European-wide, ‘urban cycling’ competition taking place annually every May. The challenge was initially a small pilot in Bologna, with around 70 people, but is now one of the biggest European cycling events. In 2016, 52 cities from 17 Countries joined the Challenge, and 46,000 people cycled 4,000,000 km during May. Greater Manchester is taking part for the first time, led and promoted by Transport for Great Manchester in conjunction with cycling, physical activity and health partners and other stakeholders across the region. We’d like to get existing cyclists getting out more in May, and lapsed cyclists dusting their bikes down and joining in – all of which will help increase physical activity throughout May and raise the profile of cycling as a beneficial exercise.
Participants track km cycled (leisure and commuter cycling is fine but not sports-related), with a free tracking App which measures distance cycled within Greater Manchester boundaries (in our case) and through online leader boards they can check in real-time.
Raffle and spot prizes will be awarded throughout the month, including a star prize of £300 in shopping vouchers (thanks to WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff)
In order to get Greater Manchester firmly on the European cycling map, and as high up the leader boards as possible, we need your help!
1. Promote the challenge throughout your organisation and encourage your employees to register (details below)
2. Let us know if you’d like us to set you up as a ‘sub team’ so you can compete with other businesses – this will just mean your employees choose your team when they register and you will be able to see how you are faring against other organisations. Let’s get some competition going!
Either way, all km tracked will still all go towards the Greater Manchester total.
Registration is possible via the Naviki App (available now) and the competition officially begins on the 1st May. The ECC will also provide valuable GPS data on movements and routes travelled, which can be used to influence cycling network and infrastructure planning.
We have a number of A5 flyers and A4/A3 posters that we can send these out on a 1st come, 1st served basis within the next few days. Please click here for a printable version of the poster for you to use in the meantime.
For more information on the challenge: www.cyclingchallenge.eu/
APP: Naviki :
· Register & log in
· Go to ‘settings’
· Go to ‘contests’
· Select ‘ECC2017’
· Select ‘Greater Manchester’
Twitter hashtags: #gmcycling #ecc2017eu
A digital/Social Media ‘Toolkit’ will also be available within the next week for those of you who have Facebook and/or Twitter accounts.
Please let us know if you would like a copy of this along with any printed materials, and/or have any questions.
Thank you and happy pedalling!
Angela Schorah. Communications – Walking and Active Travel
0161 244 0804