How to get workers on their bikes

Conference reveals ways to get staff cycling

Major companies, schools and businesses in the UK are being given the low down on how to get staff cycling to work.

Organisations across the country are searching for new methods to get their employees to travel green. With parking spaces at a premium and congestion charges on the cards for many major cities, the humble bike is increasingly being trumpeted as the answer they are looking for.

Now a conference is being held in Brighton which promises to reveal the many ways to get workers on their bikes.

The event will be hosted by the Cycling Demonstration Town of Brighton, and the local council, in conjunction with new non-profit green travel group ACT Travelwise.

ACT Travelwise, which formed in a merger of The Association for Commuter Transport and the National Travelwise Association in January, said: "We want to have a serious impact on the harmful effects of transport. The association members seek in particular to reduce the economic costs of congestion, the environmental damage of traffic pollution and the personal health consequences of car dependency.

"Our members do this through the promotion of all sustainable alternatives to travel. The association’s approach is to reduce unnecessary car trips through supporting our members in their business of encouraging behavioural change through travel planning and mobility management."

The conference will cover cycle promotion to workers and hard to reach communities, and the infrastruction which workers need, like showers and lockers. There will also be case studies from large and small employers in the public and private sectors.

Philip Darnton, chairman of Cycling England,  will talk about the current and future plans for cycle promotion and the councillor for the Environment at Brighton and Hove City will talk about why the city sees cycling as important. 

ACT Travelwise is also giving companies the chance to win a folding bike for their staff in conjunction with Dahon Cycles and Evans Cycle2Work, but be quick, entries close on April 4.

For more information and to book a place at the conference, which will be held on May 20, call Rory on 020 7348 1970.

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