Hampshire workers get on their bikes

More and more of us are discovering the delights of cycling.

More and more of us are discovering the delights of cycling.

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

HAMPSHIRE is one of the “cycling to work” capitals of the country, it has been revealed.

Latest figures have found that 20,658 people pedal to work in the county every day, making Hampshire the fifth most popular region to cycle to the office in England and Wales.

But it comes as plans for a £2m “Boris Bike” hire scheme for the New Forest is likely to be ditched at a special meeting of the National Park Authority tomorrow.

As reported last week, concerns over “major anti-cycling sentiment” in the Forest and worries over securing sponsorship have led members to call for the scheme – included as part of £3.5m funding from the Department of Transport – to be rejected.

This is despite a procurement process securing the service of company B-Cycle to implement around 250 bikes in 20 different New Forest locations.

The study into cycling to work showed that 741,000 people in England and Wales saddled up for the morning and evening commute.

Greater London topped the chart, with 155,000 cycling to the office each day, with Cambridgeshire second and Greater Manchester third.

Pipping Hampshire to fourth place was Oxfordshire, which has 23,101 cyclists commuting every day.

Dan Simson, head of Privilege Home Insurance, which carried out the study, called the figures “encouraging”.

He said: “Cycling is a healthy, cost-effective and eco-friendly means of transport and it’s encouraging to see how many people choose to cycle to work around the country.

“It is, of course, very important for cyclists to stay safe while commuting and to secure their bicycles once they have arrived at the workplace.

“Having a good home insurance policy that provides cycle cover both at home and while out and about offers the best of both worlds to our two-wheeled commuters.”

Cycling to work is much less popular in other local authorities, such as Merthyr Tydfil, which has just 80 people using bicycles to the office.

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12:50pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Richard 51 says...

But it comes as plans for a £2m “Boris Bike” hire scheme for the New Forest is likely to be ditched

And this is due to the stuck up people that live there.
But it comes as plans for a £2m “Boris Bike” hire scheme for the New Forest is likely to be ditched And this is due to the stuck up people that live there. Richard 51
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11:51pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Solent Soul says...

Send your support for the scheme by signing the petition #sustainabletranspor
t :) http://t.co/g2pcXlSp
Yz
Send your support for the scheme by signing the petition #sustainabletranspor t :) http://t.co/g2pcXlSp Yz Solent Soul
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3:45am Tue 19 Aug 14

griffon says...

Another non survey this time pushing insurance
Another non survey this time pushing insurance griffon
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