Employers invited to Take a Stand

Cycle-friendly employers are being invited to a share of cash to encourage their staff to cycle to work.

The Travel for Work Partnership requests bids for the Second Round of 2004/5 Take a Stand Scheme. The bid window is open until 31 January 2005 and is run by TfW using funds from Cambridgeshire County Council and Cambridge City Council. It provides matched funding to local employers wishing to improve the lot of cycling commuters by providing modern cycle parking.

Mark Webb, Development Manager at Travel for Work, said: ‘We welcome applications for Take a Stand 2004/5. In 2003 we handed out £8,800 that helped five local employers provide over 200 new cycle parking spaces. We are encouraging all Cambridgeshire employers who are thinking of providing or improving cycle parking on their sites to apply for some Take a Stand cash in 2005.’

Companies that successfully bid for money to provide cycle stands in past years include: Aperio Limited, Arbury Road Veterinary Practice, Marshall Aerospace, St John’s Innovation Centre and the charity Traffic International.

Employers wishing to apply for this year’s second round of the scheme, or find out more about Travel for Work, should contact Lindsey Rushmore, Projects Officer on (01223) 712455 or email Lindsey.Rushmore@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Cambridgeshire Travel for Work Partnership is a partnership of ten local organisations: Addenbrooke’s NHS Trust, Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce, Cambridge City Council, Cambridge City Primary Care Trust, the Cambridge Cycling Campaign, Cambridgeshire County Council, the Council for the Protection of Rural England, Government Offices for the East of England, South Cambridgeshire District Council and the University of Cambridge.