9th Dec, 2016

University students to promote sustainable transport by cycling to London

Shaun Reynolds 15th Sep, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

STAFF and students from Coventry University are on a mission to promote pedal power by cycling 132 miles from the university to its London campus.

The Past, Present and Future Cycle Challenge will see a mix of staff, students and alumni come together for the ride over three days to promote sustainable travel for the future.

A total of 21 cyclists set off from Coventry on September 21 in an attempt to get more people active and reducing CO2 emissions.

The team’s efforts also aim to raise £2,000 for Hunters Hill Technology College which helps pupils from the most deprived areas of Birmingham who have not excelled in mainstream education due to social, emotional and mental health issues.

Planning to cover a minimum of 50 miles for the first two days, the eager cyclists hope to reach their destination by 11am on September 23.

Megan Patel, sustainability engagement assistant at Coventry University, said: “We want to push the benefits of cycling which we believe has benefits not only for the environment, but on mental and physical wellbeing of our staff and students.

“We chose Hunters Hill because it’s a school achieving incredible things.

“They have done some fantastic challenges and we are delighted to be working with them.”

Claire McDonald, sustainability engagement assistant, said: “We want to promote sustainable travel and raise money for a good cause at the same time.

“The group is great and so varied, we have a mix of avid cyclists and those who have only just got back on a bike, but we are all really looking forward to it.”

Michael Johnson from Hunters Hill Technology College said: “Through the organisation of this amazing challenge Coventry University and Hunters Hill have developed a close relationship which we hope will continue into the future.”