Monday, 13 August 2012

Do You Want To Peddle Like Pendleton?


Has Bradley Wiggins' win made you want to get on two wheels or would you like to peddle like Pendleton? The Travel for Work Partnership can help make your Olympic dreams come true.

The Travel for Work Partnership helps employers get into the saddle when it comes to encouraging employees taking up ways to get to work such as cycling.

In fact one inspired Cambridgeshire commuter cyclist, Andrew Poulton, is cycling the length of France as his own two wheeled challenge for charity in September, supported by the Cambridgeshire Travel for Work Partnership (TfW).

From discounts on cycles to helping find bike buddies the TfW partnership can help commuters get the cycling bug, helping the economy and their health.

Andrew's daily journey to work from Ely to Cambridge includes rail, car sharing, and cycling.  Cycling to work has raised his fitness levels to help him tackle the 600 miles cycling from Montpellier on the Mediterranean coast up to Dieppe at the English Channel, riding 50 miles per day over 12 days. "I am inspired because I think I can do it, even though it won't be easy, and because it's a great way to raise some money to support people in our community who face far greater challenges than I do," said Andrew. "My charity, Rowan, provides a supported environment for disabled people throughout Cambridgeshire to lead fulfilling lives through creative art."

Andrew's employer is a member of TfW.  "Being a member of TfW means that I can use their cycle shop scheme to get a discount on buying a new bike and accessories for my trip across France," said Andrew. Andrew also uses TfW's train season ticket discount scheme, reducing the cost of his train trips by 10 percent when he takes his folding bicycle on the train.  "Being a member of TfW has definitely reduced my travel costs."

TfW supports Cambridgeshire companies by encouraging and promoting healthier and greener ways of travelling to work and on business, such as cycling, walking, car sharing, and taking public transport.

"There are many ways we can help businesses and commuters save money and reduce the stresses of travelling to work," said Lindsey Rushmore, TfW Travel for Work Adviser.  "Joining TfW is free. Contact us today and find out how your company could access a Workplace Travel Grant of up to £3,000 to spend on a range of travel initiatives such as pool bikes and events."

To find out more contact the TfW Team on 01223 715550 or visit www.tfw.org.uk