Employers invited to take a stand

Cycle friendly employers across Cambridgeshire have received a share of an £8,000 cash boost to provide bike facilities for their staff. Clare Macrae, Chair of the Travel for Work Partnership, handed over the money provided by the ‘Take-a-Stand’ initiative, to five local employers at a special ceremony held on Thursday 23 June.

The five employers, including The Drug & Alcohol Service, East of England Development Agency, University Department of Engineering, Cheffins and Bidwells, were all successful bidders to the 2004-05 ‘Take a Stand’ scheme, which is run by Travel for Work. ‘Take a Stand’ distributes matched funding to local employers wishing to improve the lot of cycling commuters by providing modern cycle parking. The money comes from Cambridge City Council’s Sustainable City Fund and Cambridgeshire County Council’s Local Transport Plan funds.

From right to left are Muriel Halliday, Cheffins Commercial, Karen Pinder, East of England Development Agency, Clare Macrae, Chair of Cambridgeshire Travel for Work Partnership, Alan Moggridge, University Department of Engineering and Jonathan Barker, Marshall of Cambridge Ltd.
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The ‘Take a Stand’ scheme is currently inviting more companies to bid for a share in £9,000 to improve cycling facilities. Bids can be submitted until 12 August 2005.

The latest handover of funds took place in front of a recently completed block of new cycle stands at Brookfield Hospital, Mill Road in Cambridge for The Drug and Alcohol Service.

Lesley Anderson of EEDA said, ‘The grant will allow us to put in some good new stands; they will really encourage more staff to cycle to work.’

Clare Macrae said, ‘Travel for Work is delighted to help employers in this way. We are here to support local employers who encourage staff to commute in healthy and environmentally friendly ways, whether by public transport, car sharing, walking and of course cycling. Take-a-Stand is just one of the practical things we can do to help.’

Employers wishing to bid to this year’s scheme, or find out more about Travel for Work, should contact Lindsey Rushmore, Project Officer at Travel for Work on (01223) 712455 or email info@tfw.org.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, 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.

Lindsey Rushmore