The Big Commute Challenge – 5 commuters, 1 journey, who will arrive first?


On Friday 20th June, Sir Richard Leese (Leader, Manchester City Council) will join Charlotte Cox (Manchester Evening News transport correspondent) and three other participants in the Big Commute Challenge.  To find out which way of travelling to work is quicker, cleaner and the best for your waistline!  [1]

The Big Commute Challenge participants will set off from Crumpsall Green Methodist Church at 8am and make their way to Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square by bicycle, bus, car, cargo bike (with 40kg of luggage) and tram. Sir Richard Leese will be cycling to the Town Hall – how will he fare? [2]

The Big Commute Challenge has been organised by Love You Bike as part of  BikeMonthMcr which is promoting and celebrating all things cycling with a month of bike activities across Greater Manchester in June.

Sir Richard Leese said: “Cyclists have long known that Manchester is a very easy city to get around by bike and this challenge will give us a chance to put that to the test, while promoting cycling as a cheap, clean and healthy alternative to using a car.”

Graeme Sherriff, Manchester Friends of the Earth sustainable transport campaign co-ordinator said: “How we get to work in the morning has a big impact on our pocket, our health and climate change. The Big Commute Challenge puts the options to the test.”

BikeMonthMcr is co-ordinated by Love Your Bike, and supported by Manchester City Council and seeks to celebrate and promote cycling in Greater Manchester. The BikeMonthMcr website provides details of 300+ cycling events across every Greater Manchester area. [3]


Photo opportunity:  Location: Crumpsall Green Methodist Church, 14 Lansdowne Road, Crumpsall,  M8 5ST.  Friday 20th June, 7.50am.
Contact: Graeme Sherriff: 07948 405071

From 8.00am onwards: Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square entrance. Manchester City Centre. Contact: Pete Abel. 07951 642858


Pete Abel, Love Your Bike campaign. Mobile: 07951 642858

Graeme Sherriff, Manchester Friends of the Earth, transport campaign co-ordinator. Mobile: 07948 405071

Notes to Editors:

[1] The Big Commute Challenge will start at 8am on Friday 20th June, from Crumpsall Green Methodist Church, 14 Lansdowne Road, Crumpsall,  M8 5ST and will finish at Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square.

[2] The five participants are: Sir Richard Leese (Leader, Manchester City Council), Charlotte Cox (Manchester Evening News transport correspondent), Pavol Gajdos, (Manchester Bike Hire, Director of Operations), Helen Rimmer (North West Friends of the Earth) and Rob Raikes (Local resident).

[3] For the full list of 300+ BikeMonthMcr events see the calendar section at  Events include bike jumble sales, free adult cycle training and bike maintenance sessions, great bike rides and a giant bike in the Manchester Day parade. There are bike events suitable for all ages and all abilities

Love Your Bike are also encouraging people to ‘Take the Pedal Power Pledge’ and cycle throughout June. The Pledge has one simple aim: to encourage people to cycle somewhere in Greater Manchester as much as they can during the 30 days of June. Cycle in the park, to your local shops, 5 miles to work, whatever suits you. Everyone signing the pledge will have a chance of winning some great prizes in the weekly prize draws. Sign the Pedal Power Pledge at

[4] Love Your Bike is an award winning Manchester based campaign aiming to promote cycling and help make it an even more attractive, accessible and fun way to get around. Co-ordinated by Manchester Friends of the Earth, the campaign works in partnership with other like-minded organisations. See