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Greater Manchester gears up for spring Better By Cycle Challenge

A Greater Manchester-wide competition will launch next month to see how many miles the city region can clock up as part of a thirty-day cycling challenge.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) today launched registrations for the spring Better By Cycle Challenge, taking place 1-30 April, with offers and prizes up for grabs for those taking part.

The challenge follows the major success of last year’s workplace challenge, where 1,200 people from over 250 businesses clocked up a staggering 148,000 miles.

The spring challenge is open to everyone who lives and works in Greater Manchester no matter what their cycling ability, encouraging people to get in the saddle more often for leisure and commuting.

Participants will be able to set up teams of up to 10 friends or colleagues for a mini-competition, as well as being able to compete in leader boards based on gender, age group and cycling ability.

Signing up is simple, just find out more and register online here and log cycle journeys using the free smart phone app available at the Google app store and at the Apple app store.

Some terrific prizes will also be up for grabs throughout the challenge, plus the chance to win £200 to spend in a local bike shop when the challenge ends.

Nick Fisher, TfGM Customer Operations Director, said: “As the weather gets better, taking part in the Better By Cycle Challenge offers the perfect chance for people everywhere to get on their bikes.

“Cycling is a healthy, affordable and sustainable travel choice and the Better By Cycle challenge is a great opportunity to show how fun and easy it can be for everyone.

“Whether commuting to work or for leisure we want as many people as possible to help us towards our goal of Greater Manchester collectively cycling as many miles as possible during April.

“The challenge is open to everyone, with the added bonus of some great prizes on offer. So even if it’s the first time you’ve jumped on a bike, you’re a not-so-frequent rider or already a regular commuter, the main thing is to give it a go.”

The Better By Cycle Challenge is part of TfGM’s Better By Cycle programme, which aims to increase cycling to 10% of all journeys by 2025.

Around £45 million is being invested in improvements to cycle routes and facilities across Greater Manchester, alongside a wide-ranging programme of information, education and training.

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