Discover the benefits of commuting by bike during Ride to Work Week

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Posted on: 9 March 2017

People across Devon are being encouraged to take part in Ride to Work Week next week (Monday 13 March to Sunday 19 March).

Love to Ride Devon is running the week-long promotion as part of a package of measures being delivered by Devon County Council to inspire more people to travel actively, supporting access to employment, education and training.

Ride to Work Week is a friendly competition between workplaces where the aim is to get as many staff members as possible cycling to work. Prizes are on offer nationally and locally for both riding and encouraging others to ride. Local prizes are sponsored by businesses in Devon who are passionate about getting more people cycling.

Research shows that people who walk or cycle to work benefit from improved mental wellbeing in comparison with those who travel by car. Commuting just a couple of miles each way can help you to achieve NHS England’s recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Cllr Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for cycling, said: “As the hours of daylight get longer and weather improves, it’s the perfect time of year to try riding to work. Cycling provides so many benefits – it burns fat and builds muscle without putting too much strain on your joints, and it’s much cheaper than driving or paying for gym membership. We’re keen to encourage and support people to travel more actively and hopefully Ride to Work Week will help some people discover the benefits of cycling to work while inspiring their colleagues to do the same.”

People wanting to boost their confidence before cycling to work can sign up for a FREE 2 hour cycle confidence sessions online.

The event, which is being run using funding from the Department for Transport, builds on the success of the Devon Cycle Challenges over the past two years. To find out more about Ride to Work Week and to register, visit www.lovetoride.net/devon

For more information on other sustainable travel options in Devon, visit the Travel Devon website. If you would like to access grant funding and support to promote cycling at your workplace in Barnstaple, Exeter or Newton Abbot register on the Travel Devon Toolkit.

2 comments on “Discover the benefits of commuting by bike during Ride to Work Week

  1. Alicia Coumbe says:

    I cycle to work as much as I can but unfortunately it’s all dependent upon the weather. I wear glasses and cannot cycle in the drizzle or heavy rain – I have found something that can demist my glasses when the weather conditions are dry and sometimes cold but unfortunately when it’s either drizzling or raining the solution doesn’t work which results in me not be able to see through my glasses. I have tried contact lenses 3 times now but cannot get on with them so have had to give up.

    Also, I would like to leave a comment regarding the lack of cycle ways. My journey into work is approximately 6 1/2 miles and there is one stretch of road that has a cycle track (Billacombe Road in Plymouth) and a pavement which is joint cycle way and for pedestrians. The old rail line running adjacent to Laira Bridge was recently turned into a cycle track and pedestrian foot path but unfortunately it’s on the wrong side of the road for me. As I mentioned above, I cycle down Billacombe Road – every single day cars are parked on the cycle track so I have to cycle extremely close to the cars! Cyclists cycling on pavements should not be against the law as it currently is as there are no enough cycle tracks.

    I think you just need the know the other side of cycling as all well and good encouraging people to cycle but we need more cycle ways.

  2. Dorothy Dawson says:

    Dear Sirs

    I commuted to work in the South East for many years, ending up cycling to High Wycombe station, going to London by train and then picking up my second bicycle at Marylebone station to make my way to the City of London.

    It worked fine until I reached 59 years of age, then I paid the price. I had worn every shred of cartilage off my hips and am now disabled, possibly because I had polio as a child and my lower limbs are not quite as they should be, possibly because I was never taught to raise my seat as far as possible for correct posture.

    Cycling is not for everybody, and I would suggest that a) people with physical defects should not be pressured to do it and b) those who can should be taught how to adjust their seats for correct posture.

    Also, carrying office clothes into work in winter makes for hard work and perspiration, and it’s easy to get wet and cold as well.

    Yours sincerely

    Dorothy Dawson

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