A new cycle shelter has been officially unveiled at Sabre Rail on Aycliffe Business Park.
The shelter provides storage for up to 20 cycles and is available for use by staff and visitors to the company.
The £5,000 shelter was funded by Local Motion, the sustainable transport project for South Durham, and was officially opened by representatives from both Sabre Rail and Local Motion.
A lot of employees are already taking advantage of the shelter and there are more bikes in there every week.
By introducing the new cycle shelter, Sabre Rail has increased the transport choices for staff and demonstrated their commitment to encouraging active travel.
Sabre Rail operations manager Brian Capeling – pictured above with Local Motion Travel Ranger Steve Shepperson – said: “A lot of our staff are keen cyclists and we wanted them to feel able to cycle for their journey to work too.
“By introducing a cycle shelter, employees know that their property is safe and secure whilst they’re at work and are more likely to make the change.
“It’s a great space saver for us too as one car park space can hold up to ten bikes so we’re reducing parking problems for visitors and staff who have to drive.”
Travel Ranger Steve added: “We’re aware that one thing preventing people from choosing to cycle to work is a lack of secure cycle storage at their workplace so we’re really pleased to see Sabre Rail installing a cycle shelter to directly address that barrier.
“Hopefully it will result in more people thinking about getting back on their bike and changing their travel habits as choosing an active mode of travel for just one journey a week can have a fantastic impact on people’s health and wellbeing.”
• To find out if your company is eligible for funding for active travel initiatives, including cycle shelter installation, contact Steven Shepperson: [email protected] / 03000 268 007 / 07827307812.