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Islanders Could Win Up To £2k By Cycling

The government has set up a new scheme to get more islanders on their bikes and out of their cars.

Love to Ride will give islanders rewards for getting on their bikes and logging their progress, collecting badges and taking part in challenges.

The online programme's first challenge is Ride into Spring, which is running from 1 March to 31 March.

Cirsty de Gruchy, Head of Move More Jersey, says there are lots of opportunities to set new goals to support islanders nervous to start cycling.

"It's really about engaging people in a community of cycling, but there's a bit of an element of competition because you're logging your rides.

You can register yourself to your company or a group and compete with one another. It's quite exciting and it's got all people of all levels."

After targets are set and achieved, cyclists are put into a draw and could win thousands of pounds or other prizes which are yet to be announced.

Cycling can also help to improve mental health, alongside physical - research shows that cycling at moderate levels can lift people's mood.

The programme will also help towards the government's carbon neutral roadmap, as fewer people will be using their cars.

Deputy Steve Ahier, Assistant Minister for Infrastructure, says low carbon travelling, like cycling, has such a positive impact on the environment.

"It’s important that we all play our part to reduce our carbon footprint, so I encourage everyone to get involved with Love to Ride, whether you’re a keen cyclist or new to cycling."


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