Council backs National Cycle to Work Day 2022 in Warwickshire

By James Smith

4th Aug 2022 | Local News

Organised by Cyclescheme, National Cycle to Work Day is the UK’s biggest cycling commuting event (image via WCC)
Organised by Cyclescheme, National Cycle to Work Day is the UK’s biggest cycling commuting event (image via WCC)

Today, Warwickshire County Council has supported National Cycle to Work Day with a number of staff ditching their cars for bikes instead.

Organised by Cyclescheme, National Cycle to Work Day is the UK's biggest cycling commuting event.

The campaign has been running for ten years and aims to encourage people all around the country to get on their bikes and get into work one of the best ways possible – on two wheels.

At Warwickshire County Council, an enthusiastic group of staff led the way by cycling to their various places of work.

This included chief executive Monica Fogarty and strategic director Mark Ryder, as well as their programme manager for climate change Matt Whitehead, who cycled an impressive 90-mile round trip from Gloucestershire for his commute.

In total, staff from Warwickshire County Council cycled a collective total of around 350 miles, with the council said saved the equivalent of approximately 144,000 grams of carbon.

The Warwickshire local cycling and walking infrastructure plan consultation, which closes on 14 August, is an opportunity for all Warwickshire residents to tell the council exactly what they think of the plans to improve walking and cycling provision.

Residents can take part in the consultation here: https://ask.warwickshire.gov.uk/insights-service/lcwip/

Speaking about his gruelling 90-mile round-trip cycle commute, Matt Whitehead said: "I was delighted to join colleagues in cycling to work today.

"I'm a regular cyclist but even so, taking on 45 miles before a day's work is not something I'd do every day!

"But it's a great opportunity to show our support for more people in Warwickshire to take up either cycling or walking as an alternative to car journeys. It's better for our health and it's better for the planet."

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