Ealing Council gears up for Cycle to Work Day

dsc_0006Ealing Council is backing national Cycle to Work Day on Wednesday, 14 September and is encouraging local residents, businesses and employers to get involved at www.cycletoworkday.org.

The council has pledged to support the event by encouraging its staff to sign up and use two wheels to get to work that day.

Cycle to Work Day is open to everyone and those that pledge to take part will be automatically entered into a competition to win amazing prizes such as a Boardman Hybrid Pro bike worth £999, a Refuge jacket from Showers Pass worth £220 and lots more. People who pledge will also be able to claim a free bike MOT at a local retailer. Pledges can be made at www.cycletoworkday.org.

Cyclists who share photos of themselves cycling to work on 14 September with the Cycle to Work team will be entered into a separate prize draw to win a Verenti Substance Sora bike worth £550. All they have to do to enter is Tweet their photo using #cycletoworkday and tag @cycletoworkday, or share it on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cycletoworkday or email it to info@cycletoworkday.org.

Ealing is a bike-friendly borough and offers its residents a number of ways to get cycling. People that live, work or study in Ealing can improve their skills and build their confidence by signing up for free cycle training. In addition, free Dr Bike maintenance sessions are available across the borough on a ‘turn-up’ basis.

Residents can also buy discounted bike locks and wall brackets as well as hire cargo bikes for free. The council is also investing millions of pounds in improving cycle routes and cycle parking to make it safer and more convenient to travel by bike.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “I am delighted to support Cycle to Work Day and I will be making my pledge and travelling by bike on the 14 September. Cycling is a convenient, free, healthy and environmentally-friendly way to get around and in Ealing we are doing everything we can to encourage people to swap four wheels for two by offering free training, social bikes rides, improved cycle parking and bike routes, as well as help with maintenance.

“The average speeds on London roads are getting slower all the time and I’d encourage everyone who is fed up with sitting in a queue of traffic every day to make a pledge and give cycling a go next week.”

To find out more about all of the discounts and benefits available to cyclists in Ealing, and to read more about how the council is making it safer and more convenient to travel by bike, go to www.ealing.gov.uk/cycling.

Ealing Council also has a special programme called Ealing Women on Wheels to encourage more women to take up cycling. Go to www.ealing.gov.uk/wow for more information.