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Apr 22 2013

Harrow Council gearing pupils and staff up for cycling

cyclingPupils and staff at colleges around Harrow will be encouraged to take to two wheels as Harrow Council is offering free Dr Bike services for Green Travel Day

Stanmore and Harrow Colleges are holding a Green Travel Day to promote getting to college using more sustainable methods of transport. Students and staff will be able to sign up for cycle training courses, get discounts on bikes and accessories, get their bike serviced and have a go on a bike simulator to see who can ride the fastest mile. Dr Bike sessions are a simple bike health check and alongside a full safety check, experts will do minor repairs, adjust your bike to suit you and advise you on how to look after your own bike.

Researchers believe that UK workers spend an average of 92 minutes per day commuting to and from work. This adds up to a huge amount of time spent commuting over the year and also represents a huge potential impact on the environment. With growing concern for the planet, there has never been a better time for people to improve their carbon footprint and become more eco friendly.

Harrow College is holding their Green Travel Day on Tuesday 23rd April from 10.30-2.30pm and Stanmore College will stage theirs on April 29th.

Councillor Phillip O’Dell, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Community Safety said: ‘Keeping Harrow Clean and Green is a top priority for the council and I’m delighted to see our students being so environmentally aware. Getting bikes in good condition is a great way to get people cycling for leisure or commuting. It’s amazing how many bikes sit in people’s shed that just need a quick tune-up to get them roadworthy again. I would encourage everyone in Harrow to walk or cycle to work more regularly where possible. Harrow is a great borough to cycle around with its flat terrain and many cycle lanes. More and more people are realising that walking and cycling are cheap, healthy and easy ways to get around.”

Corinne Jess, Marketing Manager of Harrow College, said: “As the UK’s first FE College to obtain the Carbon Standard we are committed to ensuring our students understand sustainability issues and are empowered to make a difference. We have organised a green travel day to raise awareness of the benefits of cycling. We will be having a bike simulator challenge and a local bike shop will be displaying their range of bikes. There will also be an opportunity for students to sign up for free cycling safety courses as well as receive a free bike check-up.”

For more information on cycling and training available in Harrow visit www.harrow.gov.uk/cycling

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