What is Cycle Local?

CycleLocal is a fun three-week cycling event designed to engage staff, build morale and increase activity. It will take place between July 20th and August 9th.

This is a team event where participants complete the trips on their own but share their experience with workmates and contribute to their team’s tally. Short cycles outdoor and indoor count as trips. Staff who are not signed up are also welcome to join in and enter the weekly Creative Competitions. Every participant, cyclist or competition entrant plays their part in helping their organisation to win the overall prize.

So, whether we get out on our bikes to explore our neighbourhoods, enter competitions or we take to the stationary bike when the children have gone to sleep; we can stay active, enjoy the activity of cycling and remain connected to our colleagues.

How do I participate?

First, check whether your workplace or campus is registered to participate at the bottom of this webpage.

Once an organisation has registered to participate in CycleLocal, members of staff can visit the Active Travel Logger website to register their team and to invite their colleagues.

During the three weeks of CycleLocal, each cyclist will log the number of trips they complete each week.

Once a participant has been cycling for at least 10 minutes that qualifies as a trip. If you do a few loops of your estate over 30 minutes, that still counts as one trip.

Trips made should adhere to the government guidelines i.e. all trips should be within the government’s distance guidelines and at least 2 metres should be kept between cyclists and other road users at all times.

CycleLocal Prizes

Teams will be eligible to win prizes each week once the team trip average meets or exceeds the modest trip targets (3 trips in week one, 4 trips in week two and 5 trips in week three). All trips count, once they take place between the morning of July 20th and midnight on August 9th.

Individuals who reach the target contribute to the organisations tally, as do all staff and their households who enter into the CycleLocal Creative Competitions. Ranking on the leaderboard is based on the number from your organisation who –

  1. Take part in the weekly creative competitions
  2. Cycle and achieve the weekly team targets

By ranking at the top of the leaderboard your organisation can win a memento for participants, a Best Organisation trophy and a €400 donation to the charity of your choice.

Is my organisation registered?

Check the below to see whether your workplace or campus is registered.

Children’s Health Ireland
Cork County Council
DBFL Consulting
Dublin City Council
Dublin City University
Henry J Lyons
Johnson and Johnson Visioncare
Limerick Institute of Technology
Maynooth Green Campus
Mayo University Hospital
Meath County Council
National Maternity Hospital
National Transport Authority
Northern Trust
NUIG Galway
Roughan & O’Donovan
Sigmar Recruitment
St. Vincent’s University Hospital
Trinity College Dublin
TU Blanchardstown
Tallaght University Hospital
Transport Infrastructure Ireland
University College Dublin


Cycle Local Guides

The CycleLocal Coordinator Guide contains all the information you need to make CycleLocal a success in your organisation.

For anyone interested in setting up a team, the CycleLocal Team Guide will provide you with all the information you need.

Cycle Local Images

You can use the images below to publicise CycleLocal across your organisation, be it via email or social media.

Facebook post option 1

CycleLocal Facebook post

CycleLocal Twitter image

CycleLocal Twitter post

CycleLocal Instagram post

Using the Active Travel Logger

Video tutorials for Organisation Coordinators:

Organisation Coordinator – How to send email alerts to participants from your organisation using the Active Travel Logger

Organisation Coordinator – How to view teams from your organisation taking part in a challenge

Frequently Asked Questions

The Smarter Travel Cycle Challenge is a fun, free team event that runs in May each year. The aim is at to clock up as many trips on your bike as you can during the challenge and to encourage your team mates, especially those who haven’t been on a bike for a while, to do the same. There are some fantastic prizes to be won. The Challenge is part of the Smarter Travel Workplaces & Campus programme for large employers and third level campuses promoting more sustainable travel. The Challenge is open to all staff and students from workplaces and campuses that are partners of the programme. For further information email info@smartertravelworkplaces.ie 

Get a team of 3-6 people together. There are extra chances of winning prizes for teams who have new/returning cyclists on their team to so why not encourage your colleagues to get involved. There is no minimum number of trips new cyclists must make for this challenge, so don’t worry if you’re taking your time building up trips. The main thing is taking part, supporting your colleagues and having fun on your bike! Once your team has a name and a Captain, participants can register for the challenge on the Active Travel Logger. Every participant must register individually and log their trips. Click here for more information »

For details on the bonus points available for the challenge this year visit www.cyclechallenge.ie 

Distances aren’t logged as we want to make the competition open to as many new, returning and occasional cyclists as possible. If the competition was based solely on distance, club cyclists doing one long cycle at the weekend would leave everyone else in the dust!

By making 1 trip = 1 point, the efforts of someone who hasn’t cycled for years are appreciated as much as someone who cycles many miles every weekend for leisure.

However there is also a prize being offered each week for an individual distance cyclist. If you want to be in with a chance of winning, you will have to record your KMs cycled, you can download this Distance Logger excel sheet (KMs) to keep a record.

If you don’t know how far your journey is, you can use an app or website to figure that out for you e.g. STrava or Map my Ride

We will be sending out a survey monkey link at the end of each week for participants to share their total distance. This will have to be backed up by your record sheet.

You can see how you and your team are doing when you log into your Active Travel Logger and go to ‘Team Progress’. On this page, you will see your team average figures to date along with information on Calories burned.

Your team’s progress will also be shown on the Leaderboards.

Prizes are provided by the National Transport Authority. For further information on prizes, please see the Prizes page.

You could use a Dublin bike, a Coke Zero bike in Cork, Limerick or Galway, a company fleet bike or borrow one from a friend to clock up a few trips.

Contact techsupport@smartertravelworkplaces.ie with the details of your issue and any error messages you see. Note that you can edit your journey or personal details once you are logged into your Active Travel Logger account.


To earn bonus point for your team, you must have one person who has not cycled in the past six months on your team.

If you can’t find a new or returning cyclist, please contact your company coordinator, as they may be able to match you up with someone. If you don’t know who your company coordinator is, please contact info@smartertravelworkplaces.ie

Yes, spot checks are carried out throughout the challenge and the final Leaderboard will be published a few days after the end of the event to allow for a Quality Assurance on the accuracy of the top teams’ entries.

Terms and Conditions

Use of this site constitutes your acceptance of these terms and conditions. The National Transport Authority reserves the right to make changes to this site and these terms and conditions at any time.

Details of prizes for Smarter Travel Campus and Smarter Travel Workplaces Challenges will be announced on the relevant prizes pages.

Prize winners names/ organisation will be published on our website, reports, social media and other events/ publications associated with the Smarter Travel Workplaces and Smarter Travel Campus programmes, and the National Transport Authority.

Winners may also be asked to participate in a publicity shoot. By participating in any photo shoots associated with Authority challenges or events, you consent to the use/ publication by the Authority of these images.

To be eligible for Prizes, winners must be resident in the Republic of Ireland, and be employees of an active Smarter Travel Workplaces or Smarter Travel Campus Partner organisation.

In the event of any dispute regarding the rules, conduct, results and all other matters relating to Smarter Travel Workplaces or Smarter Travel Campus Competitions or Challenges, the decision of the organiser shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.

The Authority reserves the right to award all, some or none of the prizes associated with any event or challenge.