Cyclists win Edinburgh commuter challenge

Bikes quicker than cars, buses and even motorbikes

CYCLISTS have proven that bikes are best in Edingburgh's annual commuter challenge.

In recent years the Scottish capital has held a competition to determine the fastest way to get into the city centre.

This year cyclists won the battle between cars, bikes, motorbikes and buses on two of the contested routes into the town centre and were only just pipped by motorbikes on two others.

The slowest journey made during the event, which marks European Mobility Week, was in a car from Newcraighall Station. It crawled along, taking 43 minutes to travel the 5.3 miles to the Frederick St finishing point.

Maggie Wynn, the co-ordinator for organisers ChangingPace and TryCycling in Edinburgh, said: "There was a good spread of abilities in terms of cycling commuters this year.

"One or two represent very fit and confident cyclists but there were also commuters there who just enjoy cycling and have become proficient because they do it regularly."

The 17 commuters taking part on the various forms of transport had to follow the rules of the road, which meant no pavement hopping or red light jumping for the cyclists.

Anthony Robson, 31, who was the fastest rider in the challenge, commutes into Edinburgh by bike every day. The lawyer, who covered 3.6 miles in 18 minutes, said: "I am used to cycling at that time of the morning but it was good to hear how the other people taking part in the challenge got on."

Travelling by bus proved to be the slowest option, along with the car.

Edinburgh isn't the only city where commuter challenges have seen cyclists taking gold. Races in Bristol in the UK, and New York City, Dallas and Millwaukee in the United States have also seen bikes leaving cars and public transport for dust.

You can read more here about some other official and unofficial commuter races.

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