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Cycle September

A fun, free competition to get more people on bikes.

Get involved and take part in Cycle September – a fun, global competition to help more people realise the benefits of riding a bike.

We’re working with Love to Ride again this year to get more people on bikes. Cycling can help us restart the economy whilst maintaining social distancing. It also improves public health and will help protect our NHS if there is a second wave. Every bike trip frees up space on public transport and the roads to help key workers get to essential jobs.

So Get Cycling, explore our cultural routes, take on the 12 mile circular Millennium Route, sign up to one of the councils cycle training courses and log your rides in September. You will earn points simply by riding and encouraging others to ride too. Ride anywhere, anytime – to the shops, to work or even a quick 10 minute spin around your local park – to earn points and enter the draw for AMAZING prizes!

Bonus early-bird promotion!

Sign up for Cycle September by 23:59 on 31 August to go into the draw for a 2021 Cannondale Lefty worth £3,400!

You can take part in Cycle September by following 3 easy steps:

  1. Register at www.lovetoride.net/miltonkeynes
  2. Join your company or invite your workplace to register (you can join or register a group or ride solo too!)
  3. Log rides manually in September or connect your favourite cycling app (Strava, MapMyRide or Endomondo). Your rides will be recorded automatically and will sync your last 30 days of riding!

Key information:

  • Everyone can join in, you can take part as an individual, with your workplace and with your cycling club or social cycling group.
  • You can compete on local, national and global leaderboards to see who can earn the most points.
  • Points are earned for every mile and day you ride plus every person you encourage.
  • You could win bikes, gear, restaurant vouchers and lots of other great prizes – plus if you encourage your company to sign up and your team tops the national leaderboard at the end of September, you could win Cyclehoop equipment for your workplace!

Why take part?

There are a bunch of benefits for taking part in Cycle September. Individually, for your organisation, and for our planet, riding helps to…

  • make us happier and healthier
  • make us more energetic and productive
  • save us money, and our organisations money too – through fewer sick days, lower car parking costs and increased productivity.

Top Encourager

By encouraging other people to ride you could win! If you are the top encourager at the end of the week you could win a £50 wiggle voucher!

Winners announced: 7, 14, 21, 1st October

Best Family Photo

Why not explore Milton Keynes as a family – explore the five cultural routes or millennium route. Send in a family selfie and be in with the chance of winning a full day family cycle hire from Rutland Cycling! Entries to be sent to cycling@milton-keynes.gov.uk more information on routes can be found here: https://www.getsmartertravelmk.org/cycling/cultural-routes.

Winner announced: 9th October

Best Selfie

Why not show us your favourite route, outfit or place in MK! Send in a selfie of you whilst out riding and be in with the chance of winning AfterShokz (cycle friendly) headphones! Send your selfie to: cycling@milton-keynes.gov.uk

Winner announced: 9th October

 Tour De MK

Use September as a chance to explore Milton Keynes, can you tick off four ‘landmarks’ from the list below during September? Send in a photo of you and the landmark to be in with a chance to win a TOMSHOO 30L waterproof commuting backpack with Rain Cover Helmet Cover! Send in your photo to cycling@milton-keynes.gov.uk

  • Peace pagoda at Willen Lake
  • Windmill at Caldecotte Lake
  • Furzton Lake
  • Light Pyramid at Campbell Park
  • Blue Lagoon in Bletchley
  • Bletchley Park
  • Tongwell Lake
  • Linford Lakes Nature Reserve
  • Wolverton Viaduct

Winner announced: 9th October

Daily Draws

Participants who have cycled during that day will be entered a prize draw to win rechargeable bike light set!
Winners announced: everyday in September.

Weekly Draws

Throughout September there will be weekly prize draws! The more you cycle the more you have a chance of winning, 1 point = 1 prize entry. Four lucky winners will win a Kryptonite Bicycle U-Lock w/4-foot Flex Cable – Sold Secure Bicycle Gold certificate.

Winners announced: 7, 14, 21, 1st October.

Organisations that take part in Cycle September will also gain access to:

  • a fun team-building and staff engagement programme that’s easy to run
  • support to achieve your organisation’s sustainability goals
  • a way to monitor cycling to your sites and help your staff to be more active and environmentally friendly
  • track and measure stats across the organisation and see how much CO2 you save to measure the impact of your staff cycling

The aim of Cycle September is to help more people to enjoy the fun and freedom of cycling and to access the support they need to ride for transport.

Cycle Challenges throughout the year

Cycle September is just one of the cycle challenges taking place in MK every year. As well as logging your trips and miles on a regular basis and setting your own cycling goals, you can take park in Ride to Work Week, Bike Week, and Winter Wheelers.

Not convinced? Read this short post to find out how riding to work can make you happier, healthier and wealthier!

 

 

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