Wednesday 28 September 2016

Cycle to Work day: Hundreds take to the streets on two wheels

Published 14/09/2016 | 09:55

Today is Cycle to Work day
Today is Cycle to Work day

Today is Cycle to Work Day and it’s just in time for the looming Dublin Bus strikes.

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Employers across the country have encouraged their staff to take to two wheels today.

Organisers said “This year’s event is expected to be bigger and better than ever before,” with many employers putting on special events and offering complimentary coffee and croissants to employees who cycle to work.

Over 100,000 people across the world pledged to get involved this year, with 649 of these in Ireland.

With Dublin Bus commencing a 48-hour strike at 9pm tonight, it is expected a lot of employees will be taking to two wheels over the next couple of days.

Malcolm Hollis, an independent commercial building consultancy with 14 people located in its Dublin office, encouraged employees to get involved and offered healthy food options this morning.

Senior administrator Mary Hutchin is one employee who recently started cycling to work. “It’s great cycling in to work,” she said.

“I always know that I will be into work on time, whereas with public transport you never quite know.

“Sometimes a half-hour journey on the train might actually take an hour if there are cancellations. Being late to work is naturally quite stressful - so it’s fantastic to avoid that entirely.”

Cycle to Work Day has been organised in Ireland by Cyclescheme, the provider of Cycle to Work schemes for Irish employers of all sizes.

According to research carried out by the group, 235 calories are burnt on the average cycle commute, 47pc of people save money by cycling and 40pc lose weight.

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