On National Cycle to Work day, Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake is encouraging local residents to get out on their bikes. Tom hopes that the success of the British Cycling Team in Rio will not only inspire the next generation of Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish but get more people to cycle to work.
According to the census data, 741,000 people in the UK cycle to work regularly with this number keeps growing steadily. In Sutton, only 1.5% of journeys to work are made by bicycle, which is around the same as the Outer London average.
Tom said: ‘‘I really enjoy being able to get on my bike to attend local events, meetings and other constituency-related activities. It’s a good way to stay fit and enjoy some of our beautiful parks and green spaces.’’
If you’re a bit nervous about getting on a bike, I highly recommend Sutton Council’s training courses. They are free and for all levels.’’
Councillor Manuel Abellan, Sutton Council’s cycling champion said:
‘‘Tom has been a great ambassador for cycling over the years and he’s working closely with us to secure new cycle paths in our area and make Sutton one of the most attractive places in London to cycle. Over 50% of car journeys in Sutton are less than 3 miles and we believe that many of these short journeys could be made by bike. Our aim is to make cycling a natural choice for people of all ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities, for more of their trips in and through the borough.”
You can find out more about Sutton’s plans for cycling by reading the Council’s new cycling strategy here: http://bit.ly/2cHsj61.