This article was published in 2020, in Magazine 148.
We’d like to thank Arm, a global technology company headquartered in Cambridge, for their generous donation of £5,000 to Camcycle this summer to support our work for more, better and safer cycling for all. The grant was provided from Arm’s COVID-19 Community Fund, established to provide support to charities and nonprofit organisations serving those most significantly affected by COVID-19 in the communities surrounding Arm’s offices.
We’re pleased to see that Arm is continuing to support staff with initiatives to keep people cycling during the pandemic. Arm colleagues not only took part in the ‘Love to Ride’ National Cycle Challenge during June, but between 3 and 13 August, the Arm Wellbeing team also created its own Internal Global Cycling Challenge. The initial aim was to ‘virtually visit’ as many Arm offices around the world as possible whilst raising money for UNICEF. The team soon beat this target, travelling a total of 30,582 kilometres – over three times the distance between their Cambridge and Taipei offices, and raising over £2,000 for charity!
‘Arm has always been a strong supporter of cycle commuting to the workplace, but COVID-19 has certainly been a key influence in encouraging more people to dust off their bikes and get out for that essential exercise regime during lockdown. Quieter roads have given confidence to the not-so-experienced cyclists, like myself. I recently purchased a Dutch bike and have enjoyed some very nice gentle rides out locally’, said Jill Laughlin, office manager and travel for work lead at Arm.
The recent opening of the Fendon Road Dutch-style roundabout (along with other planned cycle routes promised in Cambridge) has added to the existing cycle infrastructure surrounding the Arm head office, making the cycling environment safer for all. We’re pleased to see a local employer getting behind the changes needed to ensure their staff can cycle safely to work and for their other transport and leisure trips. Thank you Arm!
Rediscovering my cycling confidence
Jill Laughlin, Arm travel for work lead
I have been the travel for work lead since I joined Arm in January 2013 and started the travel for work programme. I’ve introduced many related objectives and targets over the years and I work closely with the six user groups at Arm under the ‘Commute to Work’ programme, promoting alternative sustainable travel options to our colleagues.
I meet regularly with the Bike User Group at Arm to discuss any cycling-related topics and keep everyone up to date with news on local projects and offer support to any cycling-related requests.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, I personally have experienced that finding fewer cars on the road has given me the confidence to get back on a bike. Having gone through full replacement knee surgery three years ago (which took me a long time to fully recover from), I did not think I would see the day when I would be able to cycle again; I was a little wobbly at first but am gaining confidence every time I venture out and really enjoying it.
I bought a Dutch bike from a small local business and gradually increased my journeys and have thoroughly enjoyed exploring my nearby cycle routes. I am looking forward to more cycle routes being introduced, which would definitely encourage me to go that little bit further and feel safe.
- Arm’s cycle-friendly policies were featured in Business Weekly in 2017. Read more at tinyurl.com/armcycling
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