08 July 2013
More than a thousand people in Jersey have cycled nearly 73,000 miles in support of Cycle Challenge Jersey 2013 – the equivalent of travelling from St Helier to Cape Town eight times.
The three week competition, which took place from 10-30 June, aimed to introduce as many people to cycling as possible. More than 56 organisations competed to get the most people to take part relative to the size of their company. 175 people cycled for the first time in over a year to help their workplace ride to victory and to do their bit to ease congestion and pollution. In total more than 14,000 kilograms of CO2 was saved and nearly two million calories burnt off.
Minister for Transport and Technical Services, Deputy Kevin Lewis, said ”This is the first year the States of Jersey has done a Cycle Challenge event, so we could only estimate the response we would get by looking at the results from other areas in Britain that had held the same event. I am really delighted to say we truly surpassed our expectations and that is very much to the credit of those who were part of the organising team, those who have supported the event and above all to the enthusiasm of the Jersey public who got on their bikes. I was also very pleased to hear that TTS won the award for the largest size category, which demonstrates the Department’s commitment to greener, more sustainable travel. Thank you to everyone who took part.”
The winning teams are:
- 500+ Size Category – Transport and Technical Services, 13% of staff cycled
- 200 - 499 Size Category – Economic Development, 19% of staff cycled
- 50 - 199 Size Category – Physiotherapy team of Health & Social Services, 71% of staff cycled
- 20 - 49 Size Category – Treasury & Investor Solutions team of RBS International & NatWest, 91% of staff cycled
- 7 - 19 Size Category – Waddington Architects, 100% of staff cycled
- 3 - 6 Size Category – Executive team of Prosperity 24.7, 100% of staff cycled
A full list of winners is available on the Cycle Challenge website.