Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, is gearing up to join the Eddington Number Challenge to help promote cycling amongst Cambridge residents in order to encourage more sustainable and healthier living. On Friday 20 July he will cycle over to the Eddington site and meet with the project team to hear about the new city cycling scheme.

Daniel Zeichner said: “Cambridge is an international centre for cycling and the Eddington Number Challenge is a fantastic way of encouraging more people to get onto their bikes. We all know that Cambridge is a congested city, battling with air quality problems in some parts, and cycling is a great, green journey option, which comes with health benefits too!“

“I am certainly geared up for the Eddington Number Challenge and I hope many more continue to sign up and use this as an opportunity to get out on the bike.“

The Eddington Number Challenge is a new cycling campaign launched by the University of Cambridge in May and has acquired 120 registered participants. The campaign will be operating until September and is committed to getting more people from across Cambridge cycling.

Your Eddington Number is calculated by taking the largest number of miles you have cycled or walked on the same number of days. If you cycle or walk five miles a day for five days, you will have an Eddington Number of five. But if you only cycle or walk one mile a day, you will have an Eddington Number of one whether you cycled or walked for one day or 100 days.

All participants can calculate their number and track their progress using the University’s custom-built campaign website (www.eddingtonnumber.co.uk/) and connect with other cyclists using the Strava platform.

The website also includes goals for people of all abilities, with suggested target ‘Eddington Numbers’ for beginners, improvers and enthusiasts. Novice cyclists could start by aiming for an Eddington Number of 2-5, improvers might attempt reaching 6-10 and those trying to push themselves may go for 11-15.

Eddington is being built by the University of Cambridge as a way of providing homes for university key workers and the wider community, whilst meeting the highest standards of design and sustainability. With ample green space and public art, people are encouraged to get outside and get active.

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