A fleet of 18 bikes has been made exclusively available to help Weston General Hospital staff get to work.
The new bike scheme, Super Mare Cycles, will offer bikes that are designed with an enclosed chain, gears and brakes, meaning they need minimal cleaning or maintenance to stay in good condition and are comfortable to ride.
With the support from the Council’s Sustainable Travel team, the hospital has seen a surge of interest in cycling to work from their staff members.
Dafne Pedroni, Waste Co-ordinator and Cycle Champion at Weston General Hospital said: “The staff receiving the bikes are very grateful to North Somerset Council for giving them the opportunity to enhance their well-being and reduce their carbon footprint. Cycling to work provides a reliable form of transport whilst allowing staff to comply with social distancing rules. Plus, this will be a fantastic opportunity for our staff to try the newly finished Uphill Road North shared-use path which now connects Weston General Hospital to the town centre.
“Now, with this increased need for cycling, we are planning to submit an application for a sustainable travel grant for our very own fleet of staff pool bikes and some additional cycle shelters, which we hope will be put to good use in the future!”
Executive Member for Transport, Councillor Tonkin, said “We are very pleased to provide logistical support to the hospital and NHS staff who have been working so hard for the North Somerset community. Thanks go to The Bicycle Chain cycle shop in Weston-super-Mare who have found time to support this initiative as well as running our Borrow a Bike service.”
Support is available for North Somerset businesses to enable employees to cycle - more information can be found on the TravelWest website. Many employers also run the Cycle to Work scheme which allows employees to buy a new tax free bike.