CYCLISTS across Warwickshire saved over three tonnes of carbon this September when they got on their bikes to travel to work.
Warwickshire County Council (WCC) signed up to Cycle September, Love to Ride’s global cycling event, encouraging residents, businesses and community groups to cycle for travel as well as leisure.
The campaign is a great opportunity for people to take part in a fun challenge that not only helps them meet their health and wellness, but also their sustainability, goals.
Throughout the month of September, the following was recorded on the Love to Ride Platform:
– 442 cyclists took part across 35 Warwickshire-based workplaces
– Cyclists taking part recorded 60,002 miles across 4662 individual trips
– Cyclists collectively saved 3293kg (3.3 tonnes) of carbon compared to the same journeys being taken by car.
Even though Cycle September is over, the public can still sign up with Love to Ride at https://www.lovetoride.net/warwickshire
Coun Wallace Redford, WCC’s spokesperson for transport and planning, 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 new partnership with Love to Ride will offer residents a fun and engaging way to get into cycling and encourage their friends, family and colleagues to get on their bikes too.
“I would like to say thanks to all the cyclists and workplaces who took part in Cycle September and a big well done to those workplaces who came top of their respective leaderboards for the month.”