Swindon’s biggest employers will be battling it out for the prize of top cycling workplace by trying to get the highest percentage of their staff to cycle on the first ever Swindon “Bike to Work Day”
Employers signed up to the Bike to Work Day competition include Zurich, Research Councils, Patheon, Swindon Borough Council, First Great Western, Swindon New College, and the National Trust.
Swindon’s biggest employers will be battling it out this Wednesday to claim the prize for top cycling workplace as part of Swindon Bike to Work Day.
Swindon Bike to Work Day, on June 18, is organised by Sustrans and Swindon Travel Choices and aims to encourage the workers of Swindon to give cycling to work a go to win goodies and a free cycle safety check courtesy of local bike shop Recycles.
The workplace that gets the highest percentage of staff cycling in will also win a free lunchtime bike picnic and tombola prize draw as a reward for their enthusiastic cyclists.
More than 12 large workplaces in the town have signed up to take part, including the likes of Zurich, Swindon Borough Council, National Trust and Patheon. Staff at the Research Councils offices are also taking part, with their coordinator Teri Cox commenting: “Staff at RCUK are looking forward to taking part in Bike to Work Day on June 18.”
“We have put up posters around the office and are encouraging our colleagues to cycle in. It’s a good opportunity for us to encourage more cyclists, which is an important element to our Travel Plan.”
Although only employees at workplaces signed up to the Bike to Work Day competition will be eligible to win prizes, Sustrans and Swindon Travel Choices are encouraging as many people as possible to leave the car at home for the day and try cycling instead.
Sustrans Project Officer Matt Jones said: “Only about 5% of people cycle to work in Swindon, but the potential for more is massive, with over 100km of cycle routes in the area.”
“Cycling to work in Swindon makes sense. It’s cheap, fast and good for your health and with the congestion problems in the town centre, there’s never been a better time to take to two wheels.”
The day itself is part of National Bike Week with lots of events and activities in Swindon to get involved in, including free cyclist breakfasts, bike safety checks, and bike security marking. You can find out more on www.sustrans.org.uk/events
Those wanting to find out more about Swindon Bike to Work Day should contact the Sustrans team on Swindon@sustrans.org.uk.