‘Cycle’ to work day inspires range of travel

Darren Steele signs in for his free breakfast before parking his kayak in the cycle sheds
Darren Steele signs in for his free breakfast before parking his kayak in the cycle sheds

NATIONAL cycle to work day was marked by more than 200 employees at Ricardo UK’s Shoreham Technical Centre.

But it wasn’t just bicycles that got staff moving, some even turned up on roller skates, mountain boards and in a kayak.

Sergeant Lorna Dennison-Wilkins explains how her Sussex Police folding bike helps reduce both their carbon footprint and fuel costs

Sergeant Lorna Dennison-Wilkins explains how her Sussex Police folding bike helps reduce both their carbon footprint and fuel costs

The Ricardo Sustainable Travel Day, held on Thursday, September 4, was designed to encourage staff to find sustainable options for their daily commute and consider ways to reduce their carbon footprint for business travel.

Event organiser Johnnie Walker said: “The Shoreham-based company, which provides technologies and expertise for low carbon fuel efficient vehicles, as well as a range of green energy systems, was keen to encourage its employees to do all they could to reduce the environmental impact of both their professional and personal travel.

“Over 100 employees cycled to work, while many others car shared, walked, or used public transport, saving a significant amount of fuel, traffic movements and CO2. Some employees even found novel ways to travel to work, including roller skating and mountain boarding.”

Every employee who travelled more sustainably was rewarded with a free breakfast, and there were competitions based on both the environmental and fun aspects of the day.

At lunchtime, there were displays and presentations by bicycle retailers, as well as the opportunity to see some of the more unusual transport solutions Ricardo employees had used.

Sergeant Lorna Dennison-Wilkins, from Sussex Police’s specialist search unit, demonstrated the Brompton folding bike she uses for much of her business travel.

The prize for largest environment impact was awarded to Ben Hassett, who cycled 39 miles to work, while the prize for most novel transport solution was awarded to Darren Steele, who paddled up the River Adur in a kayak.

Mr Walker said: “The day has really helped to highlight to us how sustainable transport can be a very viable option for both commuting and business travel, and will encourage us all to think more about the journeys we make.”