Pedal power saves almost three tonnes of carbon across Warwickshire - The Leamington Observer

Pedal power saves almost three tonnes of carbon across Warwickshire

PEDAL power saved almost three tonnes of carbon in just one month across Warwickshire.

Almost 500 cyclists across the county came out for Bike Month 2023 in May and collectively saved 2,993kg of carbon compared with the same journeys made by car.

As part of its partnership with the Love to Ride cycling app, Warwickshire County Council encouraged residents to take part in the Bike Month challenge.

This resulted in 468 riders and 33 individual workplaces taking part, 5,552 trips made by bike and 84,017 miles cycled – which is close to four times around the circumference of the planet.

Love to Ride forms part of WCC’s commitment to encouraging residents to make the switch to active travel as extensive evidence shows that replacing short car journeys with cycling helps to improve mental and physical health, as well as delivering wide-reaching benefits to the environment.

WCC’s transport spokesperson Coun Jan Matecki 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. 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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