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ALLIANZ PARTNERS WITH CTC TO LAUNCH CYCLING COMPETITION

Press release   •   Nov 11, 2015 10:38 GMT

The Allianz Digital Accelerator, in partnership with Allianz UK and CTC (the national cycling charity), has launched a competition to help improve cycling safety in the UK.

The competition invites members of the public to submit their ideas on the topic of safe cycling and how the challenges faced on modern roads can be overcome using technology. From apps to wearable devices, all technology based ideas will be considered by a panel who will then award the winning idea €5000.

Richard Foulerton, Allianz UK CSR manager said: “Allianz is committed to improving road safety and is currently involved in a variety of initiatives across the globe. The idea behind this competition is that we want to hear from the people who experience issues on the road and have thoughts about how they can be tackled through technology. We want to generate as many ideas as we can as this is a topic that affects all road users.”

He also commented: “This is a great opportunity for the public to get involved and share their thoughts. Cycling is extremely popular in the UK so it is important that people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities are able to cycle safely and easily.”

David Murray, CTC’s head of communications and campaigns added: “While cycling is not a risky form of travel, there are still too many near misses between cyclists and motorists on our roads. By teaming up with a technology hub like the Allianz Digital Accelerator, we hope to encourage budding tech entrepreneurs and the wider cycling public to share their ideas on how we can make cycling even safer.”

The competition closes on Monday 14th December. Entries can be submitted at www.cycleideas.com

ENDS

For further information contact:

Amy Yorston, Media Relations Officer, Allianz Insurance plc

Tel: 01483 552632

Mobile: 07794266474

Email: amy.yorston@allianz.co.uk

1) Allianz Insurance is one of the largest general insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz SE Group, the largest property and casualty insurer worldwide.

Around 85 million private and corporate customers rely on Allianz's knowledge, global reach, capital strength and solidity to help them make the most of financial opportunities and to avoid and safeguard themselves against risks. In 2014, over 147,000 employees in more than 70 countries achieved total revenues of approximately 122.3bn euros.

2) CTC, the national cycling charity, inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling, whatever kind of cycling they do or would like to do. Over a century’s experience tells us that cycling is more than useful transport; it makes you feel good, gives you a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone. 

  • We provide expert, practical help and advice.
  • We support individuals and communities.
  • We protect cyclists’ interests.
  • We campaign to make cycling mainstream and to remove the things that stop people cycling.
  • We help people develop the confidence and skills to cycle.
  • We promote the benefits of cycling to individuals, to society and to the economy.

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