Join Love to Ride, the cycling initiative, and log your North Somerset rides this March to win prizes including a £2,000 bike, an electric bike worth £1,750, cycling holiday vouchers and much more.
North Somerset Council is encouraging individuals, community groups and businesses in the area to register for this active travel challenge as a way to encourage more zero-emission trips for the commute, for exercise, for leisure and for the school run.
The ‘Ride it Out’ campaign will run from 1-31 March and is free to enter. It complements the region’s Joy in the Journey campaign, whose focus is to get more people travelling actively.
The challenge has four themes to encourage more people than ever to take to two wheels. Helpful resources and video content will accompany the campaign, such as a webinar with advice for new or nervous cyclists.
Week One’s focus is on riding for health. Week Two encourages riding for relaxation – to reconnect with a friend or with nature or to reduce stress levels. Week Three’s message is to go green, with cycling a zero-emissions activity. The month ends with a celebration of the freedom and adventure of cycling under the #RideFree hashtag.
There are great prizes up for grabs for logging rides and sharing #RideFree stories:
- grand prize: a £2,000 bicycle
- weeks one and two: 5 x £100 local bike shop voucher
- week three: green: a £1,750 electric bike
- week four: freedom: £1,000 in cycling holiday vouchers
- plus North Somerset-specific prizes from top bike brands.
If you’re an individual, community group or business keen to encourage active travel, contact [email protected] for an informal discussion of the current offers. This includes match-funded active travel grants; free 1-2-1 cycling training; ride leader training; free Dr Bike mechanic visits to your workplace; free loans of bikes for individuals; free loans of electric bikes, cargo bikes and trailers for businesses; additional help for jobseekers; and much more.