Members of Barnsley College staff have swapped four wheels for two after signing up to trial a bike for a month in a bid to reduce their carbon footprint and achieve a healthier workforce.
As part of the move to two wheels, staff cycled alongside Cycleboost and Inmotion! in the Barnsley Mayor’s Parade to support cycling in the borough.
Cycleboost is a free cycle support programme for local residents and employees aimed at removing the barriers preventing people from cycling.
Supported by the Government’s £24.6 million ‘Local Sustainable Transport Fund’ Inmotion! project, participants can access the loan of a bike for four weeks, benefit from free support sessions to learn about route finding, advanced commuter safety skills and general cycling confidence, as well as learn how to fix a puncture and look after their bike at free, local Dr Bike maintenance sessions.
Suzy Smith, Sustainable Travel Officer at Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, said: “Barnsley Council and Inmotion! are pleased to be working in partnership with Barnsley College to promote the fantastic Cycleboost scheme in this year’s Tour de France themed Mayor’s Parade.
“We have been working with numerous businesses throughout the borough to encourage cycling by offering free cycle hire, equipment and cycle training. And we’re always keen to get more local businesses signed up and benefiting from introducing cycling to their workforce.”
Linda Bulleyment, Barnsley College, said: “I wanted to increase the amount of exercise I was doing and have been exchanging short journeys I would have done in the car, saving on fuel and parking fees. Cycleboost offered me the chance to try cycling again without having to find a big money outlay before putting foot to pedal. Now I am finding excuses to use the bike. Having the support network Cycleboost offer has given me confidence to get back on a bicycle.”
Angela Walker, Cycleboost Project Co-ordinator, said: "Cycleboost is great opportunity to have a go at cycling to see if you like it before forking out lots of money on expensive kit. We provide everything that the first-time cyclist needs to get going, from the bike and accessories to road skills and traffic-taming sessions. Cycling to work with Cycleboost will help you to get fitter, ease congestion and save you money - and it's free, so why not give it a go?"
Inmotion! is made up of representatives from South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and the four South Yorkshire Councils of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.
To find out more or to sign up to the Cycleboost programme, contact the Inmotion! team at email@example.com
or visit inmotion.co.uk/bike