23 March 2018

Strong Estates Services performance in UniCycle Challenge

The UniCycle Challenge cycling competition has ended, and Estates Services has put in a creditable performance, coming third among the Oxford departments taking part and helping the University itself claim top spot.

The challenge aims to encourage staff and students to get on their bikes and discover the joys of cycling. Participants earn points by logging their journeys by bike and by encouraging others to get involved.

The staff of the University as a whole beat teams of staff and students at seven other higher education institutions to the top spot, with nearly 200 staff riding more than 11,000 miles in March – if they had travelled this distance by car, they would have emitted an extra 6,800+ pounds of carbon dioxide.

Overall, participants in the UniCycle Challenge across the UK have logged around 10,000 trips covering more than 62,000 miles over the same period – enough to go round the Equator 2.5 times.