Cyclists across Warwickshire saddle up and save 29,000kg of carbon - The Leamington Observer

Cyclists across Warwickshire saddle up and save 29,000kg of carbon

Leamington Editorial 21st Feb, 2023   0

CYCLISTS across Warwickshire have saved 29,000kg of carbon over the last six months by getting on their bikes instead of using the car.

Last year Warwickshire County Council joined the Love to Ride family of partner organisations, giving residents, businesses and community groups access to the best rewards and resources that encourage cycling for travel, not just leisure.

Following a very successful Cycle September campaign, use of the app from individuals, businesses and communities across

Warwickshire has continued to increase, resulting in 639 riders in Warwickshire, 39 workplaces signed up, 42,943 trips made by bike and 578,958 miles cycled.

Replacing short car journeys with cycling helps to improve mental and physical health, as well as delivering large benefits to the environment.

WCC’s transport spokesman Coun Wallace Redford said: “The benefits of active travel, particularly travelling by bike, are huge both for the individual and for our wider environment.

“For many of us, it might seem difficult, and perhaps daunting, to know where to start as travelling by car, even for short journeys, has become so engrained in our daily lives.

“We are committed to supporting residents to realise that they can start their active travel adventure by switching just one car journey every week to an active alternative such as cycling and we hope that this partnership with Love to Ride will continue to offer residents a fun and engaging way to get into cycling and encourage their friends, family and colleagues to get on their bikes too.”

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