One of 100 South Yorkshire businesses to sign up to a national cycling competition to get commuters on the saddle is celebrating, after its entire workforce decided to take part.
Businesses of all sizes are being encouraged to get their workforce pedalling and Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens (SSK) will see all its employees get on their bikes next month for the Love to Ride Cycle September challenge.
“For us it was a really simple decision to sign up,” said managing director Rob Cole.
“Some of us already bike to work and we feel it’s really important to encourage people to cycle - both for the benefit of their health and for that of the local environment.
“We are currently a team of 11 – probably increasing to 12 shortly – and I’m really proud to say all of us have signed up to take part in Cycle September.”
Cycle September – which is being supported locally by Inmotion! - is a fun, free competition to see which workplace can get the most staff cycling during the month.
Those taking part earn points by logging rides and encouraging others to join in too. All types of rides will count towards a team’s participation. And there are prizes up for grabs for those who get the most points.
Businesses the size of Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens, make up 78.6 per cent of the city’s business community. And already SMEs – small to medium-sized enterprises – like Rob’s have been quick to sign up to Cycle September.
For the SSK team, whose base is on Edgedale Road, helping the environment is key to their business ethos and was a big factor in their decision to sign up.
“The kitchens we make use reclaimed or part-recycled materials wherever possible,” said Rob. “We also use local timber wherever we can and make use of recycled glass and paper.”
David Bocking from Love to Ride explained how local authorities want to see 10 per cent of all journeys made by bike in under a decade.
“We have more than 80 pro-cycling businesses of all sizes signed up to Cycle September already because they know cycling staff are more productive, take fewer days off sick, and take up far fewer car parking spaces,” he said.
“You don’t have to be a big company to help get more than 10 per cent of staff cycling – Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens have got all their staff cycling.
“I’m sure more South Yorkshire businesses can help themselves, their staff and their city by helping 10 per cent of their staff get to work by bike!”
To find out more and sign up to Cycle September visit www.lovetoride.net/southyorkshire