Hartlepool firm encourages staff to cycle to work

Sue Gilbert, far left, who organised the Love to Ride Tees Valley Cycle Challenge, with, from left, N orthgate Public Services employees Neil Whitehouse, Jason Swift, Ellie Muir and Hartlepool Borough Council sustainable travel officer Tony Davison.
Sue Gilbert, far left, who organised the Love to Ride Tees Valley Cycle Challenge, with, from left, N orthgate Public Services employees Neil Whitehouse, Jason Swift, Ellie Muir and Hartlepool Borough Council sustainable travel officer Tony Davison.
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A company has been rewarded in recognition of its employees’ commitment to cycling.

Northgate Public Services, Hartlepool Borough Council’s strategic ICT partner, won a prize after taking part in the Love to Ride Tees Valley Cycle Challenge during the summer.

The free-to-enter workplace competition – organised by Love to Ride Tees Valley in partnership with four of the area’s local authorities, including Hartlepool – ran for three weeks in June, with competing companies being challenged to get as many of their workers as possible on bikes.

Employees had to ride for at least 10 minutes for their participation and Northgate Public Services won a lockable bike store, which has room for 20 bikes, after saving the most CO2 in the area during the challenge.

Its employees cycled a total of 1,260 miles.

David Coulson, the company’s client services director, said: “Hopefully, it will enable us to encourage more staff to take up cycling and help us to become an even healthier workforce.”

The bike store, which is in the car park outside the company’s Hartlepool HQ, Northgate House, was officially unveiled earlier this month to coincide with World Car Free Day.

Tony Davison, the council’s sustainable travel officer, who leads the Hartlepool Active Travel Hub scheme with the aim of promoting alternatives to the car, said: “The Hartlepool Active Travel Hub scheme now aims to build on the success of the Love to Ride Tees Valley Cycle Challenge, by encouraging other companies to promote more sustainable forms of travel, including cycling, walking and public transport.”