The Bridgwater Cycle Challenge winners announced!

Winning teams who completed the Bridgwater Way Cycle Challenge last month have been awarded their prizes.

The three week competition between workplaces aimed to introduce as many new people to cycling as possible, helping them to discover the joys and benefits of cycling whilst easing congestion in the town. 31 organisations competed in workplace teams clocking up journeys totalling over 15,980 miles cycled.

Participants logged their cycling online and a variety of prizes were on offer for teams and individuals, from a Spa Day, a Cookery Day, a 3-course meal to two £500 bikes. Cinema tickets were awarded to those riding for the first time in a year or more and to those who encouraged them to get back on a bike for the Challenge.

The Bridgwater Cycle Challenge is just one of many activities from The Bridgwater Way project, funded by the Department for Transport. The initiative is transforming travel in the town, making travel options clearer, easier and safer. As well as developing miles of new and improved cycle paths, TBW works with residents, businesses and schools to promote safer travel. The project is being delivered through a partnership of Somerset County Council, Sustrans and Sedgemoor District Council.

The winning teams are: Bridgwater College (500+ employees category), Environment Agency (200-499 employees category), 1610 Chilton Trinity Sports and Leisure Centre (50-199 employees category), Alletsons Solicitors (20-49), Gatehouse Refresco Gerber (7-19 employees category), and Carleton Lord Carpets (3-6 employees category).

A number of staff have been inspired to buy a bike, after borrowing one to take part in the competition including Jacqueline Groves from the Gatehouse Refresco Gerber. She said:
“I have bought myself a bike since taking part in the Challenge and I’m going to cycle to work from now on.”

Councillor David Fothergill, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at Somerset County Council, said: “Well done to all those people who took part and congratulations to the winners. Both businesses and local people embraced the Challenge, showing their willingness to reduce congestion on our roads, as well as having fun and keeping fit for good health!”

Members of the winning teams were awarded their winners’ certificate and delicious cakes for sharing in their workplaces in recognition of their achievements. Many thanks to the Sweet Cakes who donated all of the prizes and gave their time for free. You can see more photos and like them on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/SweetCakesHoniton

There are lots of both team and individual winners – all results and prizes winners are published at http://www.lovetoride.net/bridgwater/event_results/59/challenge_results?locale=en-GB http://www.lovetoride.net/bridgwater/event_results/59/community_riders?locale=en-GB http://www.lovetoride.net/bridgwater/pages/prizes.