Cycling charity encourages staff to cycle to work

Walking & cycling charity Sustrans, working in partnership with Cornwall Council, have offered staff from Truro & Penwith College a day of free cycling focused opportunities.

To encourage staff to try cycling to work staff at both Truro and Penwith campuses were offered free bike safety checks with adjustments and repairs, bike security marking and local route information & advice on their termly staff development day.

In addition, Cornwall Council’s e-bike roadshow visited both campuses where staff members from the college had the opportunity to try out a range of electric bikes around the campus. At Penwith campus NHS staff from nearby West Cornwall Hospital were also invited to take part. The roadshow was run by Cornwall Council in partnership with Wheels 2 Work South West.

The event was deemed a great success with over 100 members of staff taking part.

Jane Cashmore, Director of Operations said:” We have a number of staff and students who are committed to cycling to College and we are always delighted to welcome Sustrans to support this. E-Bikes are an exciting new opportunity, which we hope will encourage others to embrace sustainable travel.”

Paul Bartell, project Lead for Cornwall Council e-Bike Roadshows said:” Cornwall Council and Wheel's 2 Work South West held a very successful roadshow at both Truro and Penwith College with over 100 staff trying out e-bikes.  Most came back with a smile on their face having experienced how easy an e-bike makes the hills while still encouraging active travel and providing health benefits.  This was the second in a series of roadshows across Cornwall where we will continue to encourage sustainable travel and a reduction in car use.”

Nick Ratcliffe, Sustrans active travel officer said “Sustrans have been working with staff at and Truro College and Treliske Hospital for some time to promote cycling to work. Collaborating with the College and RCHT was the perfect opportunity to branch out and offer staff across both organisations the same opportunities.” 

More e-bike roadshows, accessible by the public, are being planned, keep an eye on the Council website