SHEFFIELD and Barnsley cyclists have been clocking up the miles in South Yorkshire’s very own Tour t’Work Challenge.
Organised by Cycleboost, competitors have been pedalling to work over a four-week period for the office accolade of South Yorkshire Sprinter (30 miles), King of the Pennines (85 miles), Maillot Jawbone (130 miles), and Tour t’Work Champion in a nod to the Grand Depart.
Those that made the miles were awarded by Cllr Isobel Bowler and Cllr Leigh Bramall at a ceremony on Tuesday 16 June at Sheffield Hallam University’s Hallam Square, with specially designed yellow, green and red-spotted t-shirts created by Graphic Design student Sarah Kearton.
The Tour t’Work Challenge celebrates the upturn in local residents and employees choosing to travel to work by bike, and the arrival of the Tour De France in South Yorkshire early next month.
So far 38 businesses have taken up the Challenge, including Sheffield Hallam University, HSBC, Independent Forgings and Alloys Limited and Barnsley College.
Jillian Langley, Commercial Researcher at Sheffield Hallam University, cycled over 100 miles in the University’s Tour t’Work Challenge and is a proud owner of the ‘Tour t’Work Champion’ yellow cycling jersey, awarded to the competitor with the most miles in each organisation.
Jillian said: “I thoroughly enjoyed taking part and it has given me the confidence to cycle into work. The T-shirt I received was great and the design is fantastic.”
Cllr Isobel Bowler, Sheffield City Council, said: “It's great that so many people are taking up cycling through the Cycleboost scheme. We are pleased to present participants with these special t-shirts as part of our celebration of the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in Yorkshire next month.
“I’ve recently started cycling again myself and can confirm that all the positive things that are said about it are true! Cycling as part of your daily routine helps you achieve the recommended amount of physical activity for health, and if it replaces a car journey also reduces pollution so has a positive effect on the environment.”
Darren Robinson, Estates Project Surveyor and Tour t’Work Challenge winner at Barnsley College, said: “I’m delighted to be awarded with the yellow cycling jersey. I got involved in the scheme to get fit by cycling to and from work, I was really surprised how easy I took it as I’d not ridden a bike for nearly 20 years.”
Cycleboost is offered as part of the Inmotion! programme, which delivers South Yorkshire’s £24.6 million Local Sustainable Transport Fund scheme.
For more information visit inmotion.co.uk