Cutting the time of the daily commute

A relocation to Cobalt Business Park has led commuter John Simmons to dust off his bike and cut his journey time to and from work.

John works at G4S Utilities and is based on the business park in North Tyneside. He cycles to and from work each day, with the journey from his home in Gosforth taking just 20 minutes.

John said: “I think a lot of people do a journey in the car which they could complete in less time on a bike. The best thing about my commute is that it’s totally predictable and reliable.”

People who work at Cobalt and other employment sites across Tyne and Wear and Northumberland, can take advantage of a range of Go Smarter to Work’s sustainable travel initiatives including regular bike health check sessions and bike security marking.

John said: “My bike hadn’t been used for a while and was in need of a little TLC so I took it to one of the Dr Bike sessions which happen regularly at Cobalt.  It was useful to get a professional opinion and it gave me peace of mind about my bike.”

Many of the offices on the site are equipped with secure bike storage, showers and other facilities for cyclists.

John added: “I think people are often stopped from giving cycling a try as they think there are all sorts of logistical problems which, in fact, often don’t exist. I’d advise people to take a look into their options for cycling and ask other commuters for advice on the best routes. People could even form ‘bike buddy’ partnerships where people cycle to work together, at least for the first few times.”

Go Smarter to Work engages with key employment sites across Tyne and Wear and Northumberland, to encourage businesses and employees to use sustainable transport – like cycling, walking, using public transport or car sharing - to make journeys to work greener, healthier and cheaper.

If you want to find out more about using sustainable transport for your journey to work contact