With less than a month to go before Cyclescheme’s second national Cycle to Work Day on 4th September, top employers from across the UK are getting on board and offering their support for the campaign, which aims to demonstrate the benefits of encouraging cycling in your workplace.
Employers large and small are showing how important cycling is to them by organising a whole host of events and activities to celebrate the day. Everything from taking part in Britain’s Biggest Bike Breakfast – offering their colleagues a coffee and croissant for cycling to work – to arranging led rides, Dr. Bike sessions and competitions for staff to win cycling prizes. Last year’s event saw tens of thousands of commuters pledged to cycle a quarter of a million miles. This year, the event is set to be even bigger.
Amey one of the UK’s leading public and regulated services providers is supporting Cycle to Work Day by encouraging staff nationwide to take ‘selfies’ with a message of why they are taking part. The company has also recently launched its annual cycle to work scheme where employees can purchase a bike tax free.
Gary Carvell group HSEQ director at Amey explains the reasons for getting behind the campaign: “The health and wellbeing of our employees is extremely important to us. We have a strong cycling community at Amey and supporting Cycle to Work Day is a great way to further raise awareness of cycling, the associated benefits and encourage more people to take part.
“Cycling to work is not only a healthier option and helps maintain fitness, but helps to contribute to the reduction of our carbon footprint.”
At the other end of the country, Chelmsford City Council is a big supporter of the day too as Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, Councillor Nicolette Chambers explains: “Chelmsford City Council fully supports Cycle to Work Day. This event is designed to help people makeinformed choices about the modes of transport that they use. People’s choice of transport within urbanareas has a significant impact on both the climate, the quality of the air that we breathe, as well as theindividual’s health and finances.”
And the University of Cambridge, which employs over 9,000 people, is keen to utilise the campaign as a way of raising awareness of active travel amongst their colleagues. Environmental Co-ordinator, Catrin Darsley explains: “Cambridge has a fantastic cycling culture already, but there’s always more that we can do to raise awareness of active travel as a viable option for our staff. We’re taking part in Cycle to Work Day toencourage people to give cycling a go, and will be running a safe cycling event alongside taking part inBritain’s Biggest Bike Breakfast. The University of Cambridge has over 9000 staff, with 40% commuting by bike from across Cambridgeshire.
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