Winter cycle commuting event at UWE

Issue date: 22 November 2010

Cycling through winter 23 November 11:00 to 14:00 UWE/HP staff restaurant

The University of the West of England is teaming up with staff cycling groups from Hewlett Packard (HP) and MOD Abbeywood to encourage more people to cycle to work as the nights draw in early and the weather gets colder and wetter.

On Tuesday 23 November various cycling organisations will gather in and around the shared UWE and HP staff restaurant for a drop in 'Cycling through Winter'event.

Organiser Karina Stewart from UWE said, “We have been working with cycling groups from HP and the MOD Abbeywood now for some months to encourage more people to consider a cycle commute. We recently got together to promote cycling for women and that event went so well that we are planning to hold regular events aimed at inspiring more people to take up this sustainable, virtually free and fun way of getting to work.

“We have found that many people cycle to work in the warm summer months but it's often only the die hards who continue to brave the weather as winter sets in. But it's actually just as viable to continue cycling once you get into the right mindset. Being more organised by making sure you have the right kit and good working lights are all it takes. We have a range of cycling experts on hand who will share their experience with people who may need a bit of encouragement or to upgrade their kit to cope with the winter climate.”

The event will include a Cycling City roadshow stand with useful information such as maps, routes, advice and details of free cycle training. Avon and Somerset Police will be on hand with tips on cycle and personal security. The Cycle Hub - an independent mobile cycle mechanic will be offering bike health checks and servicing and ZeroG - Bristol's largest bike shop network will be displaying bikes and kit.

Karina continues, “Perhaps the most inspiring stand will be that run by Cycle Commuter Champions - experienced all year round commuters. A group of us who are happy year round cyclists will be on hand to talk about how to overcome some of the perceived barriers, the benefits of cycling to work and to offer advice. ZeroG is offering 20% discount on the day and there is free cake on offer so there's no excuse not to come along!”


FFI: Jane Kelly or Mary Price, Press Officers


Tel: 0117 32 82208


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