Council staff saddle up for Cycle to Work Day

Councillors on bikes

Commuters in Southampton are being encouraged to leave their cars at home and get back in the saddle in support of National Cycle to Work Day on Wednesday 14 September 2016.

Southampton City Council is urging participants to pledge their miles on the Cycle to Work Day website and send their stories and selfies of safely cycling to work on social media using the hashtag #CycleToWorkDay to stay in touch with people across the country.

The number of people cycling to work regularly is growing, with 741,000 people in the UK doing so at the last count, although this only makes up a small percentage of all commutes. Cycle to Work Day aims to increase those numbers year-on-year and to reach 1 million people commuting by bike by 2021.

Cllr Eamonn Keogh, ward councillor for Peartree and the council’s cycling champion, said: "Southampton City Council is fully behind Cycle to Work Day and we hope that many of those who work in the city will take this opportunity to leave their car at home and get on their bike.

"Having cycled to work in this city for over 25 years I can testify to the improvements in infrastructure and safety that Southampton City Council has led on.  I know there is so much more the council wants to do and through the Cycle Forum and other cycling groups, Southampton is developing the partnerships that will help make the city a better place to cycle.”

Find out more about sustainable travel in and around Southampton at My Journey Southampton.

For more information and to pledge your miles visit the Cycle To Work Day website.