The second national Cycle to Work Day is on Thursday and 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 to and from the workplace.
Employers large and small are showing how important cycling is to them by organising events and activities to celebrate the day. There’s everything from Britain’s Biggest Bike Breakfast – is your employer providing a coffee and a croissant for cycling to work? – to 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.”
Chelmsford City Council is a big supporter of the day as Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, Councilor Nicolette Chambers explains:
“Chelmsford City Council fully supports Cycle to Work Day. This event is designed to help people make informed choices about the modes of transport that they use. People’s choice of transport within urban areas has a significant impact on both the climate, the quality of the air that we breathe, as well as the individual’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 said:
“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 to encourage people to give cycling a go, and will be running a safe cycling event alongside taking part in Britain’s Biggest Bike Breakfast. The University of Cambridge has over 9000 staff, with 40 percent commuting by bike from across Cambridgeshire.”