For those of us that spend most of our time behind a desk, it can be great to get out and about in work time. This October it was a pleasure to step away from the computer screen to attend the Future Economy Network’s recent business breakfast, and meet a diverse range of people from organisations that are committed to achieving a greener future. We were there to discuss today’s hottest topic: Climate Change.
The IPCC’s shocking report* left many of us wondering what we can do to tackle such a huge problem. The morning was kicked off with an insightful talk about the UK’s part in the global picture. It seems that whilst the we have outsourced much of our carbon footprint to poorer countries, transport is one of the few areas where dangerous emissions and pollution levels are still increasing in our own neighbourhoods.
Yes, the facts are eye opening and even terrifying, but it is also abundantly clear that simple solutions already exist. We started feeling a little less disheartened when we thought about the role Life Cycle has to play in helping people to fight climate change – simply by building on the work we already do.
We want to start a cycling revolution!
We want to help tackle increasingly dangerous levels of air pollution by supporting people to make more journeys by bike. Whilst the majority of our work is with individuals, we are eager to work more closely with businesses to help us provide practical support to greater numbers of people.
We know that if everyone swapped just one motor vehicle journey per week for a cycle ride, the difference would be incredible…
“It takes but one person, one moment, one conviction, to start a ripple of change” - Donna Brazile
So how can we make this happen?
For almost 20 years, Life Cycle has been giving people the skills and tools to feel confident about getting on a bike whenever they want, wherever they want. Our free cycle tuition and high-quality, affordable refurbished bikes provide a straightforward, low-cost way of getting started. Our friendly instructors understand it can feel daunting at first, so lessons always move at your own pace. We can even offer taster sessions on electric bikes for people who live or work in Bristol.
For the more confident cyclists, we can teach advanced road skills. And no matter what your ability, we’ll support you to plan and then ride the best routes for you – whether you want 'quiet and scenic', 'fast and direct' – or something in between.
We want to work with local businesses to reach more people
1. Start cycling
Businesses can boost their green credentials by encouraging their staff and customers to cycle. There are some simple, low-cost ways of doing this, such as installing our free cycle stands. These Sheffield stands are solid and secure, giving piece of mind to staff and customers. Plus, the simple act of enabling people to cycle to your premises and park safely leads to a healthier workforce and will bring more business to your doorstep.
2. Keep cycling
People often stop cycling if something goes wrong with their bike. Booking a Dr Bike surgery enables staff and customers can get their bikes fixed for free on your premises. A surgery can be a great addition to a special event, or a simple lunchtime activity that brings your team together. Either way, everyone rides away on a safe, smooth-rolling bicycle.
3. Love cycling
Cycling is a simple, low-cost and healthy solution to the growing air quality crisis. A small change from each of us can make a huge difference. So why not try cycling once a week and see what happens? With the right support from Life Cycle, you may be pleasantly surprised at what you can do, and how much you enjoy it!
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Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports