THE BIKE has come out top in a rush hour challenge of the three mile commuter route from Leamington to Warwick.
The journey between the Parade in Leamington to the centre of Warwick is made by thousands of commuters each day.
And a recent report revealed of all the drivers commuting into Warwick just over half live within 5km, and one in four within just 2km of their destination.
So in a bid to find the quickest way to make it to work, county council chiefs arranged a rush hour challenge, which saw cycling commuters line up against a car share group and two walkers, who combined part of their route with public transport.
And it was the cyclists who arrived at their destination first – just 16 minutes after they left at 8.15am.
The car sharing team came in second with the journey taking 27 minutes while the duo, who walked from the Parade to Leamington train station, and then from Warwick station to the town centre took just over half an hour.
County council transport spokesman Peter Butlin said: “The challenge demonstrated how quick, easy and cheap it is to travel between Leamington and Warwick by bike and public transport, even during the rush hour traffic.
“We hope this encourages residents to think about their choice of transport when travelling between and around the two towns.”
Two new cycle ways in Warwick were recently completed with a new route being created to link Cape Road in Warwick to the rear of Warwick Railway Station.
The scheme was funded with a Department for Transport grant to improve access to stations and the grant – administered through Sustrans – has enabled Warwickshire County Council to convert a section of footpaths to cycle tracks.
This has created a route for all users that council chiefs say provides a safe and direct route to the station as well as into Warwick town centre, Warwick Hospital and St Mary’s Immaculate School, which they hope will encourage more journeys by bike.
And last year, a 1km length of cycle track was constructed between Woodloes and Saltisford in north Warwick – including a new bridge over the Grand Union canal.
It means people can now cycle almost entirely traffic free between the Woodloes in Warwick and Sainsburys in the town, helping cycle journeys around the town including from Woodloes to Aylesford School.