Workers in Staffordshire are being encouraged to leave the car at home and get on their bikes for their morning commute as part of national ‘Cycle to Work Day.’
The annual push on Wednesday 13 September is the national campaign that aims to promote the benefits of cycling to and from work.
Cycle shops across the county are also joining in the campaign with free bike checks and advice. Cyclists can find a participating shop by entering their postcode at https://www.cycletoworkday.org/retailer-finder.
Helen Fisher, Cabinet Support Member for Highways and Transport at Staffordshire County Council said: “There’s huge passion for cycling here in Staffordshire and we are keen to see more people on their bikes, both for leisure and getting to and from work.
“Cycling is a great activity and ‘Cycle to Work Day’ gives us the perfect opportunity to have a go. There’s so many benefits to cycling too. Keeping fit and healthy, getting fresh air, reducing congestion and saving money by not using the car are all great reasons to get on your bike.”
Jeff Stevens, 51, is a regular cyclist to work and said: “I’ve been cycling in to work for the past five years and I can’t recommend it enough. It helps me stay fit, I get outside more, it saves me money on travel costs and it’s a hugely enjoyable part of my day. When you find a good route in that’s less busy it makes you that much more confident commuting by bike. I’d definitely encourage people to have a go.”
Staffordshire County Council’s Bikeability Cycle Training also continues to deliver training to school children each year, getting them into cycling at a much younger age.
More than 80km of the National Cycle Network runs through Staffordshire as well as 240km of local rural cycle lanes.
Cyclists can also plan quicker, safer bike routes across the county with the cycle route planner athttp://cyclemap.staffordshire.gov.uk/ for more information.