Cyclists' breakfast brings new flavour to University commutes
For the first time the University ran a cyclists' breakfast on Cycle to Work Day (September 4), handing out free coffee and asking for staff-members' views on how to make commuting to work on a bike more attractive.
Although Cambridge is known as a cycling city, there’s a lot that the University can do to support people in making their way by pedal power. Cycle to Work Day was a great opportunity to try it out for a lot of people, with attendees sharing their stories of everything from lycra-clad journeys incorporating triathlon training, to using the Park and Cycle facility to avoid city parking chaos.
With over 130 people taking advantage of the event, we hope to be able to run more, similar breakfasts in the future.
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On yer bike: confidence and safety on the road
An exploration of sustainable commuting options for University staff was held on Friday, 20th June as part of Bike Week 2014. Open to all, the event at the Department of Geography saw members of staff chatting to representatives from the Travel for Work Partnership on discounts and road confidence, the University’s HR team on CAMbens benefits, the County Council transport team on local road and cycle network consultations, and the University’s Environment and Energy Section.
- University staff and students get a 10% discount on cycle and safety equipment at a number of local shops.
- There are two loan schemes that can help you get to work: the University’s ‘Travel to Work’ scheme is interest-free for annual tickets, or bikes. The ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme is an interest- and tax-free salary sacrifice scheme for bikes, valid at various shops.
- If you are looking for a new car, consider the University’s new fuel efficient employer-provided car scheme.
Outspoken Cycles did a great job outside the Department, running a well-attended Dr Bike service. Bikes were checked for general safety, had basic maintenance carried out and any bigger issues highlighted. Many thanks to Dan and Catherine for successfully upgrading their various patients!
Common bike safety issues
You should regularly check whether:
- Your tyres are fully inflated. Soft tyres are more likely to get punctures, and make you slower because of increased resistance against the road.
- Your brakes are sharp enough to stop for any emergency.
- Your brake cables are checked and replaced regularly. Over time, your cables will get rusty inside and reduce efficiency.
- Your lights are fully charged. Either invest in some wind-up lights, or use rechargeable batteries for extra environmental benefit. Try not to only rely on dynamo lights, as these often won’t provide you with light when stopped – for example at traffic lights.
- You have a good-quality cycle lock. Try to lock to something fixed when parking.
If you would be interested in increasing your confidence on the road, or taking part in cycling proficiency training, please email the Travel Plan Manager.
This event was supported by the Travel for Work Partnership, Cambridge County Council, Outspoken Cycles, CAMbens, and the Department of Geography.