Londoners Urged on Join in National Cycle to Work Day

Tfl invites people to take to two wheels on Thursday September 3

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Transport for London is encouraging Londoners to consider swapping their regular commute for a journey on two wheels and cycle to work on National Cycle to Work Day - this Thursday, September 3.

Leon Daniels, TfL's Managing Director of Surface Transport, says: `Cycling to work in the Capital is becoming an increasingly popular mode of travel for Londoners, with figures showing cycling has doubled over the last decade, and it continues to grow. "

Those who don't have their own set of wheels are urged to hire a Santander Cycle.

Keith Moor, Chief Marketing Officer at Santander, says: `What better way for Londoners to get into the spirit of the Cycle to Work Day than using a Santander Cycle.

" We want to make the Santander Cycle scheme fun, rewarding and easy, and increase usage through initiatives such as the Santander Cycles App, which allows you to pay for your cycle, shows you where the cycles are, and how many spaces there are in docking stations."

Daniel Gillborn, Director & General Manager of Cyclescheme, says: " Cycle to Work Day was founded by Cyclescheme as a celebration of everyday cycling for both new and returning cyclists. We're delighted the day is a focus to help people who live and work in London to get cycling, in conjunction with this great offer from TfL and Santander Cycles."

TfL is also reminding all businesses in London with five or more employees that they can apply for up to £10,000 worth of cycling goods and services through its Cycling Workplaces scheme, to help encourage more employees to commute by bike.

This funding, which can be applied for here, can be used to provide cycle parking, safety checks and bike marking as well as on-bike commuter cycle skills sessions to help people feel more confident cycling in London. In the last year more than 550 workplaces, representing 110,000 employees, have registered for funding, which has helped increase the number of employees cycling to work by around 15%.

Anyone who lives works or studies in London can also apply for cycle training through their local Borough, for free or a small fee, providing them with advice and safety tips.

Cycle training is designed to give people the skills and confidence to ride on London's roads and is for both beginners looking to gain confidence and regular commuters seeking advice on tackling busy junctions.

Sessions are provided on a 1-2-1 basis, starting in a traffic-free space such as a park, and teach cyclists how to deal with traffic, position themselves on the road and find appropriate cycling routes for their everyday journeys. Advanced commuter skills training offers more experienced cyclists tips on riding in heavy traffic, busy junctions and correcting any bad habits. For more information, go to Cycle Training.

September 1, 2015