It was Cycle to Work Day on Wednesday (Sept 13) when people from across the country were urged to swap four wheels for two to celebrate the UKs biggest cycle commute.
Carol Smith is championing the cause on behalf of the TTC Group and it's cycling division - Cycle Experience, which is also one of the country’s leading cycle training specialists.
A Contracts Bid Writer at TTC’s HQ in Telford, Shropshire, Carol regularly cycles the four miles to work and back which she says is quicker than going by car.
“I’ve timed the ride and it takes me 12 minutes from my home in Trench by bike and 15 minutes in the car because of all the traffic congestion,” said Carol, who has been a keen cyclist all her life.
“Cycling to work gives me a real buzz and just makes me feel good. As a busy mum with two children, it can be hard to find time to fit regular exercise into my routine, so being able to cycle to work really helps with this. ”
She urged fellow commuters to give it a try and suggested some cycling tips.
- do a test run to work on a weekend when the roads are more quiet to boost your confidence and get to know the route
- try cycling for once or twice a week until you get used to it
- use designated cycle routes to avoid the traffic
Carol is also asking motorists to give cyclists plenty of space.
“As a motorist and a cyclist I know to give them plenty of room when passing and keep well away from the back wheel. As a cyclist, if I’m at the head of a queue of traffic I will pull over if I can because I know drivers get frustrated.”
Recent Government statistics show:
Employees who cycle to work are more likely to be on time, perform better and have less time off work because they are fit and healthy, says a survey.
Employers say cyclists are more productive and efficient at work because they are “energised” by the cycle to work.
Train, car and bus commuters regularly complain of the frustrations, traffic delays and disruptions in trying to get to work on time.
Cycling to work also cuts the number of car parking spaces at work, reduces congestion, cuts CO2 emissions and creates healthier employees.
Take a look at our new website to see how we can help your employees to get active and cycle to work www.cycleexperience.com