UWE launches Bristol's Biggest Bike Ride Business Challenge

Issue date: 14 May 2009


A group of cyclists Bristol's Biggest Bike Ride (BBBR) is launching its business challenge at the University of the West of England on Monday 18 May.

Last year UWE won the Business Challenge, the launch will take place at UWE's Wallscourt House and will be attended by staff from UWE and representatives from Bristol City Council.

The challenge is to have the highest number of employees taking part, relative to the size of the employer. You can enter the Business Challenge on the day of the event - after completing the ride, go to the certificates stand at the finish, to have your name and employer recorded.

All employees can help their organisation win, including full-time, part-time, job share, temporary or casual employees. There are five routes ranging from 9 to 38 miles and you can ride with colleagues, with family and friends, for fun or for charity. This year Bristol's Biggest Bike Ride is supporting the Lord Mayor's Appeal for Children with the Evening Post.

Steve Ward, UWE's Travel Planner said, “Cycling is something we take seriously at the University of the West of England. We encourage people to cycle to work and have initiated a range of cycling improvements over the years. These include becoming members of the Cycle to Work bike purchase scheme, being a founding partner of the Hourbike cycle hire project and improving secure cycle parking and shower facilities in all Campus development plans.”

“We hope that we can hold on to the Business Challenge lead and we will be promoting Bristol's Biggest Bike Ride to staff over the coming weeks.”

Linda Donovan, Human Resources, is a enthusiastic supporter of the Biggest Bike Ride. She said, "We were delighted to win the Business Challenge for UWE last year for the large business category. Taking part was fun and a good team building exercise in our HR department. I have been doing the Biggest Bike Ride since it started in 1994. In those days I took my youngest daughter on the back, but now, they ride with their own friends. It's a lovely atmosphere and wonderful to see so many participating, even taking along their pet dogs in trailers or baskets."

Maria Badman, Human Resources added, "The Bristol's Biggest Bike Ride 2008 was a great day. It was a good team effort with all the staff in HR who participated, some brought their partners, friends and children. I came with my eight year old daughter and we did the Family Ride, which was fun and she really enjoyed it."

The Bristol Biggest Bike Ride takes place this year on 21 June 2009.

To find out more go to http://www.bristol.gov.uk/biggestbikeride

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