Why it pays to pedal

By on 05/08/2010 in News

(l to r) Prize winning cyclists Caroline Rodrick and Heidi Stacey spending the Cycle store vouchers they were presented by Cllr Tim Huxtable.

Two cyclists who use two wheels rather than four to commute into Birmingham every day have been rewarded for their 'green' credentials after winning a citywide competition promoting pedal power.

Heidi Stacy and Caroline Rodrick have each won £200 worth of cycling vouchers, after their names were drawn from hundreds of entrants who took part in Birmingham City Council's 2010 'Bike Week' project

Held earlier this summer Team Green Britain Bike Week is the UK's biggest mass participation cycling event, challenging everyone to rethink their everyday journeys and switch to cycling as the most convenient way to get around.

Cllr Timothy Huxtable, Cabinet Member for Transportation and Regeneration, said: “Plenty of people get in their cars and travel to all manner of places without giving it a second thought. Yet hopping on a bike can prove cheaper, better for the environment and give you a healthy boost along the way.

“The more people we can get on two wheels the better for all concerned, which is why we are committed to doing all we can to make cycling a safer, easier and more accessible option for as many people as possible.”

To further help cyclists get around the city, Birmingham and the West Midlands have recently been added to the online 'cycle route planner' at www.transportdirect.info - a national database which allows cyclists to plan journeys and print route maps before they set off.

Prizes for the competition have been supplied by four leading cycling stores in the city, On Your Bike, Birmingham City Cycle, Evans Cycles and The Cycle Surgery.

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For more information please contact Simon Houltby 0121 303 3503

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