STAFF at one Dales hospital have teamed up with local bicycle shops to give pedal power to National Bike 2 Work Week.
Funded by the Department of Transport, Bike 2 Work is the only nationwide promotion of cycling throughout the UK. More than one thousand local events are being organised this year and Steeton's Airedale Hospital is working with All Terrain Cycles of Saltaire, Ellis Briggs of Shipley and The Bicycle Shop in Skipton to encourage staff to cycle to work instead of driving.
Airedale staff swap car for pedal power
Organisers say that cycling to work is an ideal way to exercise every day and regular cycling can improve fitness, reduce the risk of stroke and coronary heart disease and reduces stress levels.
Marjorie Tindale, Operational Services Manager at the hospital says: "We are hoping this week to promote the options of healthy travel to all our staff. Combining exercise with a daily journey to work is a great way for our staff and other commuters to get fit and make the most of time they would otherwise be in their cars."
Medical Technician, Andrew Bramham is a regular cyclist to work, he added: "We give all those who take part a free meal in the Hospital Restaurant from CP Plus parking and a free cycling gift donated from the local cycle shops."
Last year's event raised £9 000 for Leukaemia research. More information is available at www.bikeweek.org.uk