European Cycling Challenge 2017
This article was first published on: 19 April 2017
Join in the European Cycling Challenge 2017 and help improve cycling across the Clyde Valley.
The European Cycling Challenge 2017 is the biggest cycling event across Europe and you are being encouraged to take part from the 1-31 May.
The event is about everyday cycling for everyone, whether you are cycling all the way to work, to the station, going to the shops or just enjoying being out on your bike and aims to improve cycling across the Clyde Valley by recording your routes.
Last year, 52 cities, including Glasgow, joined the Challenge. Over 46,000 people cycled four million kilometres (4,000,000 km) during the month of May. Glasgow finished a respectable 18th with 72,000km recorded within the Glasgow boundary but recorded over 127,750 km in total.
This year, working in partnership with neighbouring authorities we are all participating as the "Glasgow City Region". This means that whether you are cycling from East Kilbride to Glasgow, along to Croy station to get the train, along Byres Road, or on the Bears Way, all your journeys will count!
How do I take part?
- Sign up for the challenge at European Cycling Challenge website and choose Glasgow City Region.
- Download the official app, Naviki - available on Apple, Android and Windows. On the app (or webpage), go to Leaderboards (cup icon) and choose any other group information (e.g. individual College or Workplace)
- Record your journeys throughout the month of May on the app. You can also use data from Strava or other route trackers or, trips can also be manually logged. Make sure you check out the boundary map.
Throughout the month of May there will be a number of events and led rides held to celebrate the ECC. A full list of events will be posted on the NHSGGC website.
There are over 120 prizes up for grabs throughout the month. These are awarded by distance and through prize draws. All you need to do is get on your bike and log some rides throughout May to be in with a chance of winning.
Health - The health benefits of cycling are well known and contribute to both your physical and mental wellbeing. More info can be found on the NHS website.
Cycling Infrastructure - All collected GPS data remains anonymous but is used to help improve cycle routes and guide network development.
Create your account and find out more information at the European Cycling Challenge website.