Thursday 12th September 2013 is national cycle to work day. The national cycle to work day is being promoted by CycleScheme, who are the largest provider of tax free bikes as part of the governments Green Transport Plan, which allows employee’s to save about 32% off a new bike which they “hire” from there employers. Two of Ely’s largest employers Tesco and Sainsburys offer the CycleScheme to their employee’s.
With the rising cost of fuel, the ever increasing burden of obesity and the fact that nearly 25% of current car journeys are less than a mile it’s no wonder that cycling is increasing fast with nearly 760,000 people regularly cycling to work. National Cycle to Work day hopes to increase that number and hope that the challenge of commuting by bike for one day will inspire more to make it a regular event.
Multi-gold winning Paralympic Dame Sarah Storey is championing this event and Ely Cycling Campaign hope that there will an increase in people using two wheels to travel to work and will be contacting some of the major employers in Ely to see if they are promoting the scheme. We also hope that the members of the Personnel & Corporate Services committee meeting at East Cambridgeshire District Council on Thursday 12th September will also back this national event and cycle to work.
Sainsbury’s are backing the event but as yet we have no details about the activity from the Ely Branch. Tesco as a company support National Cycle to Work but the Ely store is not doing anything to promote the day and we have yet to hear back from Waitrose.
Only two members of the Personnel & Corporate Services Committee have replied and Cllr Brown is not attending and Cllr Austen, while a supporter of cycling, her health doesn’t enable her to cycle.
So make sure on Thursday 12th September you “Get on your Bike”
To find our more about National Cycle to Work Day visit https://www.cycletoworkday.org/
To find out more about CycleScheme visit http://www.cyclescheme.co.uk/ or ask your personnel department.