Free bike scheme gives employees a boost

Cycling to work

A free bicycle loan scheme has been helping a North East commuter keep fit and healthy this spring.

David Elliott, who works at Intu Metrocentre in Gateshead, has made use of the free bike loan scheme which is available to employees through Go Smarter, Tyne and Wear’s sustainable travel programme.

David explained that he used to regularly run to and from work, but since suffering a knee injury has been using his car and the bike instead:

“It takes about 15 minutes to cycle to work. I do it for the health benefits more than anything. It’s helped me get fitter again and it’s been a real positive for me.”

The bike loan scheme is available, free of charge, to staff who work at Intu Metrocentre in Gateshead. Various sizes of bike are available, along with lights, bike locks and helmets.

Participants can also get help with planning their route by bike, can take part in cycle training or chose to have an instructor join them on their first trip to work.

Naz Bashir, Travel Plan Coordinator, intu Metrocentre, explained: “The idea of the scheme is to provide an opportunity to try out cycling before committing to buying a buying a bike. We try to encourage people to consider using all forms of sustainable transport, whether that’s car sharing, public transport, walking or cycling, and I hope people will feel inspired to give cycling a go using one of our bikes.”

Go Smarter works with businesses throughout Tyne and Wear and South East Northumberland to help their employees travel sustainably.

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