Bikers bring along buddy

STAFF at the Cobalt Business Park shared the cycling buzz with their colleagues by bringing a ‘Bike Buddy’ as part of a day organised by charity Sustrans with the site’s travel team.

The charity has been working with some of the 11,000 staff and their businesses at Cobalt to help them take to two wheels for the journey to work on a regular basis, offering training and route information, as well improving cycle parking and changing facilities across businesses at the park.

Now those who have caught the buzz are being encouraged to pass it on to co-workers, getting more people cycling to work every day.

Heather Todd, from North Tyneside Council, brought two friends along, giving current non-cyclists a chance to find out more about just how easy and fun it can be to get to work on two wheels.

Heather said: “Cycling to work has given me the confidence to do so many more things I’d never dreamed I would do, for example I’m now playing netball every week.”

Heather’s buddy Gill Watson came along for the day and said: “I’ve seen a big change in Heather since she started cycling – she’s so much more positive now.

“I brought my bike in and really enjoyed it, I saw so much wildlife on my way in, much better than being sat in a traffic jam! I’m going to use my bike so much more.”

James Adamson of Sustrans said: “The Bike Buddy day is a great way to get even more people involved on two wheels.”