'On Your Bikes' for Kerry County Council Cycle to Work Challenge

Kerry County Council and the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership have put out a call to all workplaces in Kerry to participate in the 2016 ‘Cycle to Work Challenge’ which aims to get people onto their bikes and cycling to work more often.

Employees of Kerry County Council and a number of well known companies and public bodies around the county will be pedalling their way to work during National Week which runs from 11 to 19 June. The initiative by Kerry County Council will see several businesses encouraging their employees to take part in the challenge.

So far this year, a number of businesses and organisations have signed up including Killorglin-based Astellas, the Health Service Executive, the Institute of Technology Tralee and Kerry County Council. It is hoped to expand the number of participating workplaces this year and in the years ahead.

Córa Carrigg of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership explained: ‘Taking part in the challenge couldn’t be simpler and is a great opportunity to commence or continue a personal health behavioural change. We are asking companies to encourage their employees to cycle to work, even just for one or two days during National Bike Week from 11 to 19 June. Even if it’s only parking up somewhere en route and cycling the rest of the way, that’s a start.

‘We are asking participants to use the Strava App for the challenge so as to record their involvement and kilometres cycled. At the end of National Bike Week the distance and number of days travelled will be recorded. We are offering almost €2,000 in prize money to be divided across a number of categories. All details are available on www.kerryrecreationandsports.ie,’ said Córa.

‘Statistics show that cycling speed is approximately three times that of walking speed. If a car trip is replaced by a bike trip, then you save around 200 grams of CO2 per kilometre travelled. If a person living 4km from work cycles to and from work throughout the year, rather than driving, over the course of the year, around 300kg of CO2 emissions are avoided,’ said Córa.

Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Pat McCarthy said the challenge was one of a number of events aimed at getting more people cycling: ‘Recent years have seen a huge increase in the number of people cycling on Kerry’s roads which is wonderful from a health and exercise point of view. We have some beautiful routes to cycle on in Kerry and we have seen many new cycle lanes provided in recent years which give people even more opportunity to get on their bikes.’

For more information, call 066 7184776 or e-mail info@kerryrecreationandsports.ie and www.kerryrecreationandsports.ie

 

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email: info@kerrycoco.ie