Our Cycle to Work Day
Over the past few years Britain has fallen in love with cycling, nothing illustrates this more than the incredible support for the recent Grand Depart in Yorkshire for the 2014 Tour de France.
We decided we would play our part (albeit small) but a celebration of everyday cycling!
Cycle to Work Day is a national event, championed by multi gold medal winning Paralympic cyclist, Dame Sarah Storey, which aims to encourage everyone to take to two wheels and cycle to work for just one day.
According the census data, 760,000 people in the UK cycle to work regularly – this number keeps growing steadily, but with Cycle to Work Day’s help we are aiming to make those numbers skyrocket this year and beyond! By 2021, we hope to see 1 million people regularly commuting to work by bike.
Herculean efforts in both 2013, and 2014, saw tens of thousands of commuters hit the streets and cycle over a half of a million miles for Cycle to Work Day. Hundreds of employers have also supported the day, ranging for start ups like Pact Coffee & Rumble Labs, to large national companies such as Amey & Rolls Royce and organisations such as NHS Greater Glasgow and now Stephenson Group.
This far reaching support ensures that Cycle to Work Day’s message is spread far and wide, but to truly fulfil our aims and see a million people regularly cycle commuting by 2021 we need you to get in the saddle with Cycle to Work Day and encourage your colleagues, friends and family to give cycling a go.
Thinking of getting on your bike, here’s some interesting facts about why it’s good:
- 20 times less dangerous than not cycling
- 97% chance of not getting rained on
- Twice as fast as a car in traffic
- 4 miles is the average cycle commute
- £382 a year to boost the economy for every new cyclist
- At current rates, 60% of the population will be obese by 2050
- A bike takes 6.2 tonnes less carbon than a car to make
- 10 bikes can be parked in the space it takes to park one car
- A middle-aged cyclist is typically as fit as someone 10 years younger
- 16 mile commute = 800 calories. That’s 4 bags of crisps or 12 fig rolls or 6 bananas or 6 cans of coke
- 60% of car trips are shorter than 5 miles
- It makes you happier (fact)
You can learn more about Cycle to Work Day just here.