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Council Staff Get On Their Bikes!

Borough of Poole has taken part in the one-million cycle commuter challenge with Dame Sarah Storey.

Over 60 employees cycled to work on 12 September 2013 as part of the Cycle to Work Day organised by Cyclescheme.

Borough of Poole employees participate in Cycle to Work Day
Borough of Poole employees participate in Cycle to Work Day

The day aimed to see more than a million people from across the UK, including multiple gold medal winning Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey, taking part in the biggest-ever national 'Cycle to Work Day'. 

Cycle to Work Day aims to highlight the benefits of cycling as a means of transport and encourage more people to cycle, more often. It is supported by British Cycling, Sustrans, Bicycle Association, Business in the Community and championed by Dame Sarah Storey,

Cyclescheme research has shown that over 50% of commuting journeys are less than five miles. This makes most cycle commutes less than 30 minutes, so for most of us cycling is a viable alternative to taking the car, bus or train to work.

Dame Sarah Storey commented: "If we start by encouraging people to cycle to work, then they'll feel healthier, will save money and be more inclined to ride their bikes for other journeys and leisure time too.

"Cycling is one of the best modes of transport for local journeys and Cyclescheme provides the means for people to obtain a bike in order to make those journeys to work. We aim to inspire even more people to challenge themselves, dust off the bike and cycle to work."

Councillor Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for a Prosperous and Sustainable Poole, Borough of Poole, said: "We are pleased that so many of our employees took part in this event and hope more employees will choose to continue cycling to work in the future.

"As one of the largest employers in Poole, it is important that we offer a range of incentives to encourage employees to cycle more. We already offer staff a bicycle allowance, the opportunity to buy bikes tax-free through Cyclescheme as well as providing ten bicycles for staff to use when travelling around the town on council business. We are keen to continue supporting initiatives such as Cycle to Work Day, as cycling can be a really great way to keep fit and reduce our carbon footprint too."