Tower Hamlets top borough league for workplace cycling

Tower Hamlets Council staff are riding high in the list of workforces using bikes, after registering the highest number of miles cycled during this year’s Workplace Cycle Challenge.
Of the 24 London councils taking part in the Challenge, where staff recorded the number of miles they cycled in June, Tower Hamlets clocked 23,227 miles, ahead of their nearest rivals at Islington Council who recorded 22,606 miles.
In third place was Camden, whose staff cycled a total 18,800 miles.
Around the world by bicycle
The distance cycled by Tower Hamlets staff is the equivalent of a trip arond the world, or 38 journeys between John O’Groats and Lands End.

Of the 250 organisations across London who took part, including public and private sector, Tower Hamlets Council came ninth overall. BSkyB came first overall, with 62,606 miles.
Tower Hamlets Council’s Lead Member for Cleaner, Safer, Greener Abdal Ullah said, “I'm delighted that council staff all took to their bikes during Bike Week and did so well in the London league tables.
“The council has got some really exciting cycling projects at the moment and is working hard to encourage more people to get out on their bikes.
“I took part in some of the council’s cycle training recently and thoroughly enjoyed it. Anyone who is interested can contact the council to find out more about how they can get involved.”

Over 100 staff took part in the scheme
131 staff took part in the challenge - more than any other borough and Sam Margolis, Active Travel Officer believes that a host of different initiatives encouraged so many people to join in:

“The council has a 200-strong Bicycle User Group, and also featured the challenge on the home page of the borough intranet to get others involved, also sending out regular emails to all staff."

“We at Tower Hamlets Council have been using our Travel Plan to promote cycling to our workforce.

Measures implemented so far include:

  • New secure cycle racks
  • New locker facilities for around 50 staff
  • Implementation of the Cycle To Work scheme
  • Cycle mileage allowance of 20p per mile
  • Cycling information on the intranet and internet pages
  • Regular articles in the staff magazine, Pulling Together

Cycling has also been encouraged through staff participation in high-profile charity bike rides. This year around 25 staff took part in the London-to-Southend British Heart Foundation ride, raising £1500 in the process and raising the profile of cycling among all staff.

Start your own workplace challenge

There are plenty of ideas here to make your workplace a cycling workplace so why not set your own company or organisation a cycle challenge and see if you can beat the top performance of Tower Hamlets Council?

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