On your bike! It’s Ride to Work Week
Love to Ride Brighton are asking residents to hop on their bikes today for the start of Ride to Work Week. They hope that the initiative will share the advantage of commuting on two wheels and show that cycling to work can make you ‘happier, healthier, and wealthier’.
Cycling to work has both physical and mental health benefits, which is shown by Sustrans survey that found that ‘cycling halves the number of sick days taken by staff‘. As well as having health benefits, commuting on two wheels can also reduce the cost of travel and lower levels of pollution.
The benefits of biking in Brighton are recognised by employers, with many work-places, including Brighton & Hove City Council, involved in the Cycle To Work Scheme, which allows employees to borrow up to £3000, both tax and national insurance free, to invest in a bike.
Chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee, Councillor Gill Mitchell, has said:
“Cycling is increasingly becoming a more popular way of getting from A to B. Our investment in the city’s cycling infrastructure has made it easier for people to do so and we will continue to look at ways to develop this.
“The Transport Plan programme for the year ahead includes investment which will contribute to the development of the city’s cycle network. This includes better surfaces, joined up and marked routes and improvements to the safety and quality of junction crossings for cyclists.
“There is a thriving cycling community in the city and we are delighted to have been able to expand the Bike Share scheme this year with 120 new bikes and more hubs installed in the west of the city.
“Numerous studies have proven that cycling makes people happier and healthier, while also enhancing the environment by reducing congestion and air pollution. I hope many residents are inspired to get back on their bike this week and cycle for fun, health and for commuting.”
Brighton also has a Bikeshare Scheme, which allows people to rent a bike for a low cost.
The Council runs subsidised training and maintenance courses, to help boost confidence for any cyclist that feel unsafe riding in the city.