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The cycling domino effect

Submitted by Education on Fri, 09/10/2015 - 16:08

We’ve been racing ahead on our bikes lately, fuelled by the strength of our support for cyclists.

Over the summer, we were delighted to be approached by TfL to be used as a case study for their Cycle Workplace scheme. We described how the credits from the scheme have helped us to provide regular support for cyclists including sheltered cycle parking, regular bike maintenance sessions, and 1-2-1 cycle training.

Eleni at TfL then encouraged us to enter the Cycle Planning Awards as the Most Cycle Friendly Workplace. We told the story of how the Green Team has built confidence and encouraged cycling at Bow Arts on a shoestring. We were absolutely thrilled to be shortlisted out of 107 entrants! Though we weren’t victorious, it was a Sampson and Goliath moment for us. We were by far the smallest organisation in the final seven, up against heavyweights including the University of Sheffield, retailers, Next, GlaxoSmithKline, and cereal giants, Kelloggs. A veritable accolade.

Keen to spread the cycling joy further, I was honoured to represent Bow Arts at the London Cycling Show in September, the conference linked to the Cycle Planning Awards. It was great to share our story alongside Eleni from TfL and cycling proponents from Haringey, Enfield and Watham Forest local authorities. It reinforced the good work we are doing in a bigger London context.

These are a nice example of the domino effect in our sustainability work: as the wheels turn, we continue to gain momentum.