Hartlepool riders get on board with Cycle to Work Day

Hartlepool Borough Council staff member Sharon Nottingham with her "Sir Chris Hoy" breakfast after taking part in the national Cycle To Work Day Event. Picture by FRANK REID
Hartlepool Borough Council staff member Sharon Nottingham with her "Sir Chris Hoy" breakfast after taking part in the national Cycle To Work Day Event. Picture by FRANK REID

Pedal power was on show in Hartlepool when the town got into the spirit of a national initiative.

People turned out in force to back national Cycle To Work Day yesterday.

Hartlepool Borough Council staff (left to right) Nadine Reynolds, Alistair Rae, Ellie Muir and Kate Ainger  arrive at the Civic Centre after they took part in the Cycle To Work Day Event. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool Borough Council staff (left to right) Nadine Reynolds, Alistair Rae, Ellie Muir and Kate Ainger arrive at the Civic Centre after they took part in the Cycle To Work Day Event. Picture by FRANK REID

The day of action encouraged people to leave their cars at home and try out a greener form of travel.

And leading by example was Hartlepool Borough Council, which saw staff who took to two wheels being rewarded with free meals when they got to work.

And to add to the fun, the Big Bicycle Breakfast event saw people tuck into meals with a celebrity cyclist theme.

The delicacies included the Sir Bradley Breakfast Bun, The Caven-Dish, The Hoy Pilloi, The Froome Va-Voom and the Bizzie Lizzie.

Hartlepool Borough Council staff (left to right) Alistair Rae, Ellie Muir and Kate Ainger arrive at the Civic Centre during the Cycle To Work Day Event. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool Borough Council staff (left to right) Alistair Rae, Ellie Muir and Kate Ainger arrive at the Civic Centre during the Cycle To Work Day Event. Picture by FRANK REID

Council public relations manager Alastair Rae, who cycled from Elwick Rise, said: “I try to cycle to work as much as I can but it’s not easy when you have meetings out of town and school runs to fit in.

“I’ve always enjoyed cycling and it’s a good way to keep fit and help protect the environment.

“I don’t have too far to come and the ride home at the end of the day is much tougher as it’s mainly uphill.”

Sustainable travel officer Tony Davison, who is leading the scheme to get people on their bikes, said: “We got a good response and we definitely got people into cycling who have not done it for quite a while.

Hartlepool Borough Council staff enjoying their breakfast after they took part in the Cycle To Work Day Event. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool Borough Council staff enjoying their breakfast after they took part in the Cycle To Work Day Event. Picture by FRANK REID

“We will be repeating this and I think it will be as part of World Car Free Day, which is on September 22.

“A lot of people are now thinking about cycling and the whole point of Cycle To Work Day was to encourage people to get on their bikes and keep on cycling.”

Anyone wanting more information on cycling can contact Tony on (01429) 523259.

Alternatively they can email tony.davison@hartlepool.gov.uk

Hartlepool Borough Council staff enjoying their breakfast after they took part in the Cycle To Work Day Event. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool Borough Council staff enjoying their breakfast after they took part in the Cycle To Work Day Event. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool Borough Council staff member Sharon Nottingham with her "Sir Chris Hoy" breakfast after taking part in the national Cycle To Work Day Event. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool Borough Council staff member Sharon Nottingham with her "Sir Chris Hoy" breakfast after taking part in the national Cycle To Work Day Event. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool Borough Council staff member Sharon Nottingham with her "Sir Chris Hoy" breakfast after taking part in the national Cycle To Work Day Event. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool Borough Council staff member Sharon Nottingham with her "Sir Chris Hoy" breakfast after taking part in the national Cycle To Work Day Event. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool Borough Council staff member Ellie Muir  arrives at the Civic Centre after she took part in the Cycle To Work Day Event. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool Borough Council staff member Ellie Muir arrives at the Civic Centre after she took part in the Cycle To Work Day Event. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool Borough Council staff (left to right) Nadine Reynolds, Alistair Rae, Ellie Muir and Kate Ainger  arrive at the Civic Centre after they took part in the Cycle To Work Day Event. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool Borough Council staff (left to right) Nadine Reynolds, Alistair Rae, Ellie Muir and Kate Ainger arrive at the Civic Centre after they took part in the Cycle To Work Day Event. Picture by FRANK REID