The fifth annual Cycle to Work Day takes place tomorrow (13 Sept), aiming to highlight the potential benefits of active commuting – including increased productivity and improved wellbeing.
Established in 2013 by Cyclescheme, a leading UK cycle to work provider, Cycle to Work Day is free for all participants and is supported by organisations including Sustrans, Cycling UK, British Cycling and Halfords.
The organisers say more than 35,300 people have already pledged to participate this year, covering an estimated 1,025,184 miles and saving 215,242kg of CO2.
747 businesses and organisations have signed up for the event, including the organic food supplier Abel & Cole, who say those who start and end the working day with fresh air and exercise are ‘improving their mental and physical wellbeing’.
Claire Claudia Ruane, Abel & Cole’s director of culture, said: “It really does seem that the only sure fire way to avoid traffic and public transport delays is by cycling – or walking, or course – to and from work.
“I can tell who’s cycled to work because they walk into work looking fresher, calmer and happier.”
Research from Cyclescheme published in the lead up to Cycle for Work Day suggests that cycling to work can have benefits for the workplace; 45% of employees surveyed said they experience less stress at work, and 47% cited improvements to mental wellbeing.
In addition, Cyclescheme points to Cycling UK research which suggests commuters who regularly cycle suffer less from illness and take fewer sick days, saving the economy an estimated £83m each year.
Adrian Warren, business operations director at Cyclescheme, said: “Our experience over the last five years has demonstrated to us first-hand the impressive benefits that employers feel when they have a workforce with an active commute.
"We’re proud to give first time cyclists and seasoned cycling commuters alike the chance to engage with us each year."