Leeds and Peterborough Councils win Commuting without a Car Competition
Date submitted: 2 June 2008
The ACT TravelWise Promoting Cycling to Employees Masterclass was hosted by Brighton and Hove City Council who have been a Cycle Demonstration Town since 2005, and showcased best practice in cycle promotion to employees of large and small organisations.
ACT TravelWise worked with folding bike manufacturer Dahon, and retailer Evans, to offer folding bicycles for the winners of The Commuting without a Car Caption Competition.
Peterborough and Leeds were selected as the winners out of entries from public and private sector employers from all over the UK.
Although both winners feature folding bikes, other commuting options entered included; bus, train, mini scooters, a horse and even a pogo-stick.
With petrol prices rising every day, ACT TravelWise thinks it is vital for employers to make commuting without a car the preferable option for their staff. There are many measures that work, such as promoting car sharing, offering showers and cycle facilities, but providing folding pool bicycles for staff to use to go on business trips combining cycling with train or bus, or simply to use to go shopping at lunchtime is a step in the right direction.
With dozens of excellent entries it was a hard job for the judges to choose just two, but in the end Leeds City Council and Peterborough City Council were chosen as the winners.
Mark Bikerton from Dahon, and Tom Kirkman from Evans are seen here presenting the prizes at the ACT TravelWise Cycling Masterclass at Hove Town Hall to Matt Barber from Peterborough, and David Alderson, JMP, accepting the prize on behalf of Leeds.
The Winning Entries!
There were many fantastic entries, but in the end we had to choose just two.
Iftikhar hoped that if he smiled nicely the train conductor wouldn’t notice he didn’t have a First Class ticket! - Peterborough City Council
"Leeds cyclists realise it was a mistake to cycle to the Uri Geller convention" Leeds City Council
ACT TravelWise would like to thanks the sponsors.
Evans Cycles have developed the Ride2Work programme to help businesses and employees make massive savings when buying bikes! An existing Government scheme can save you around 50% off the cost of a new bike. Called the Green Transport Plan, it aims to make cycling more attractive and more accessible by taking advantage of some unique tax incentives. For more information visit www.evanscycles.com/ride2work
Dahon was founded over 20 years ago with the singular purpose of convincing more people to use environmentally-sustainable forms of transport. To accomplish this goal, Dahon focuses on creating innovative but reasonably-priced folding bicycles.
For more information visit http://www.dahon.com/