Could you leave the car at home and cycle to work for just one day?

Hartlepool council's sustainable travel officer Tony Davison
Hartlepool council's sustainable travel officer Tony Davison

People in Hartlepool are preparing to take part in a national cycling event.

Cycle to Work Day returns on Thursday, September 3, aiming to encourage everyone to take to two wheels and cycle to work for just one day.

In Hartlepool, companies are being urged to mark the day by joining in Hartlepool’s Big Bicycle Breakfast.

Hartlepool Borough Council is calling on companies to provide breakfast for employees who cycle to work on the day – and they’re offering £50 towards the cost.

Town companies should register their interest by contacting tony.davison@hartlepool.gov.uk.

The event is also supported by Denise Van Outen, television presenter and an enthusiastic cyclist who has completed two charity rides.

She said: “When you think about driving time, looking for a parking space and walking to the location, bikes look better. Getting on your bike is about three times faster than walking. Please join me and give your bike a go on September 3.”

Launched by Cyclescheme, the UK’s leading cycle to work provider, the campaign aims to see a million people get on their bikes to work by 2021 and is supported by British Cycling, Sustrans, the Bicycle Association, Act TravelWise, CTC and the London Cycling Campaign.

Gary Shipp, smarter choices manager at Sustrans, said: “Working with companies across the UK, Sustrans encourages people to change the way they travel by giving them the encouragement, skills and advice they need to start cycling to work.

“Encouraging employees to be fitter, happier and healthier has a positive impact on both employees and employers alike; Sustrans research has found that cycling to work could halve the number of sick days we take and provide a £13.7 billion annual boost to British business.

“Cycle to Work Day is an excellent event which is inspiring people across the country to give cycling to work a go.”

For more information about the event or to pledge your support as an employer, visit www.cycletoworkday.org