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Cycle to Work Day - 2016

Published on Thursday, 22nd September 2016

James Hodgson who cycles to work

Hambleton cyclists took to the roads and lanes in great numbers to support national ‘Cycle to Work Day’ last week.

The event on 14 September aimed to encourage everyone to take to two wheels and cycle to work for at least one day.

According to the census data, 741,000 people in the UK cycle to work regularly and with cycling initiatives  like Cycle to Work Day it is hoped that by 2021 over one million people will regularly commute to work by bike!

As a further incentive, any Hambleton resident who cycled to work during the week had a chance of winning £50 worth of vouchers for Cowleys Cycles of Northallerton. The prize was won by James Hodgson of Northallerton (pictured) who cycles three miles to work every day from Northallerton to Morton-on-Swale come wind, rain or shine even though he has a perfectly good vehicle sat on his drive. He says he commutes by bike not only the economic and health benefits but because he loves cycling and the feeling it gives of being at one with the world around him.

“Over 25 riders contacted me with photos and inspirational stories about their cycle to work,” said David Earl – Development Officer – Health and Wellbeing.

 “It was a fantastic response. People from many organisations in addition representatives of several teams within Hambleton District Council took part. I hope that their enthusiasm will be energising to others who are thinking about cycling to work.”

For more information on cycling related events within Hambleton and the “Get Hambleton Cycling” campaign contact David Earl on 01609 767202 or david.earl@hambleton.gov.uk