Get on your bike for first ever Shire-wide Cycling Challenge

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People across the North-east are being invited to participate in the first ever Aberdeenshire-wide Cycling Challenge from September 7 – 27, supported by Aberdeenshire Council.

In association with Love to Ride, an organisation working across the UK to encourage more people to cycle, the council is inviting local businesses and organisations as well as their own staff to participate.

The challenge is to get as many people as possible signed up to cycle just ten minutes on as many days as they can for three weeks – it’s not about how fast or far you cycle but how many individuals from your team, department and/or organisation get on their bikes.

It’s free to enter and participants can sign up at http://www.lovetoride.net/aberdeenshire

It’s open to all local organisations and if yours is already listed you can select it from a drop down menu or register your organisation and become a local champion for the cause.

This comes as an Electric Vehicle Roadshow is also announced for September in Aberdeenshire.

The cycling challenge and roadshow are part of the council’s strategy to promote healthy and sustainable travel.

These both form part of the Integrated Travel Town project which aims to raise awareness of the transport options available and encourage people to consider alternatives when looking at ways to reduce motoring costs and CO2 emissions.

Councillor David Aitchison, Chair of the council’s Infrastructure Services Committee said: “It’s great to see sustainable transport given a platform through events like these. We hope as many people as possible will participate in the cycling challenge and also go along to find out more about the electric vehicles. When people remember and discover just how beneficial and fun cycling is, hopefully they will continue cycling long after the challenge has ended.”

This is the first time the council has supported the challenge and it is hoped it will grow each year.