Businesses are told ‘on your bike’ by council

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PUMP up your tyres and get back on two wheels.

That’s the message from Chichester District Council, which is encouraging people to get on their bikes and cycle to work.

Businesses across Chichester are being challenged by the council to get staff cycling for 10 minutes or more.

The challenge takes place between May 8 and May 29 and the aim is to get more than 1,000 participants.

More than 900 people around the Chichester area took part last year.

Collectively they cycled more than 47,000 miles – the equivalent of almost twice around the world.

Organiser Alister Linton-Crook said: ‘It is free to take part and you don’t need to be Sir Chris Hoy or wear Lycra to enter.

‘Taking part is simple – cycle for just 10 minutes during the three-week challenge and register your activity online at

‘The cycle ride can be for leisure or business.’

The aim of the challenge is to promote a healthier lifestyle in the city and reduce congestion.