Pupils at a special school in Sheffield are the proud owners of a new tricycle thanks to the efforts of a team from South Yorkshire Police that achieved success in a cycling challenge.
Forty-four members of staff including clerical, management and police officers from Attercliffe, Ecclesfield and Snig Hill Police stations, and several Sheffield administrative offices, rode a total of 2,496 miles during a month long challenge run by the ‘Sheffield Cycleboost’ programme.
The group signed up to the Cycleboost earlier this year, which supports local organisations with making the switch to cycling for a more rewarding commute to work. As part of the move to two wheels, the South Yorkshire Police team were challenged to beat the previous highest mileage score recorded through Cycleboost – an impressive 1,700 miles by staff from the Northern General Hospital.
The team from South Yorkshire Police (Sheffield District) smashed their target and have now presented the challenge prize – a tricycle donated by Sheffield Cycleboost – to Rowan School, a special facility for 4 to 11 years old catering for children experiencing complex speech and language difficulties and/or autistic spectrum disorders.
DC Richard Jones, one of the team who’s pedal power paid-off, was pleased with their collective efforts. With the support of the Cycleboost team, Richard and his colleagues found that fitting cycling in to their commute has been easier than they may have thought. Richard said: “It was a fantastic challenge to take part in and it’s clear from the reaction of the pupils that it was all worthwhile."
“It’s a 14 mile commute from home to the office. With the job as it is, committing to doing the commute by bike is not easy, but I’m managing to do it about twice a week. It’s going really well and I feel so much better for it.”
Rowan School Head teacher, Avril Young, was delighted with the donation: ”This is really special for the school. It will enable more of our pupils to experience the joy of cycling."
The Sheffield Cycleboost programme is delivered by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) Inmotion! project and offers the free loan of a high quality commuter bike to staff considering cycling to work. It also provides the support needed including route advice, cycling confidence training, maintenance classes, safety tips, and advanced cycle commuting skills. Participants who take up the free Cycleboost Urban Road Skills training can even buy their bike afterwards at a big discount.
The programme has delivered training and cycle loan programmes to more than 20 businesses and organisations in 2013 and plans are underway for programmes through 2014.
Similar ‘Cycleboost’ programmes are available to businesses across South Yorkshire through the Inmotion! project, which aims to make the journey to work simpler, easier or even healthier.
To find out if your business can benefit from a Cycleboost programme, contact the Inmotion! team at firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit inmotion.co.uk