Did you know that 4th September is Cycle to Work Day?
Cycle to Work Day is a national event, championed by Paralympic-gold-medal-winning cyclist (phew, that’s a mouthful) Dame Sarah Storey. This year, the aim is to get commuters across the UK to cycle half a million miles!
Commuters across Southend will be taking to two wheels and at Ideas in Motion we’re keen to hear how it goes. Send us your stories and selfies of cycling to work on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, using the #CycleToWorkDay hashtag to stay in touch with people across the country. And don’t forget to visit the Cycle to Work Day website to pledge your miles towards the national total!
What’s in it for you? Well, Cycle to Work Day has teamed up with bike shops across the UK to offer free bike health checks. That way you’ll know if your bike is in tip-top condition and ready for the day’s commute, or if it needs a little TLC. In Southend, The Comfy Saddle at Central Station and Cycles UK on Prince Avenue will offer the checks. Just go here for more information and to download a Free Bike Health Check form.
Of course if you don’t have a bike, you can always hire one for the day. The Comfy Saddle runs a cycle hire scheme that lets you get two wheels for less than £10, and the Bike & Go scheme allows you to rent a bike for £3.80 from Southend Victoria.
If you’re thinking of travelling by bike for the first time, the good people of Cycle Southend are available to help. They can give advice on the best routes to take, where to park your bike, and there are even bike buddies who will ride the route with you on your first day on the bike! Just get in touch with Cycle Southend.
Businesses all around Southend are being encouraged to take part and there are lots of giveaways going on, so check out what’s happening where you work.
And if you’ve forgotten why cycling to work can make you healthier and happier, here’s a reminder of three top benefits:
- Get a fresh perspective. Cycling is great for giving you a little headspace, ensuring you arrive home de-stressed, not distressed. Read more.
- Get there more quickly. Sometimes we get a bit muddled when we think in terms of miles. Often, cycling can be the quickest way to get you from A to B, even ahead of driving. For a map showing you your commute in minutes not metres click here.
- Get saving. Cycling is almost completely FREE. Why not cycle for the day and then tot up how much you’ve saved? You could give your extra pennies to charity or even buy yourself a treat with the takings. Read more.
We’re looking forward to hearing from everyone taking part – from those who are decked out in full-body Lycra to the less experienced in old workout gear. Get pedaling Southend!