Cycle to Work Day

cycle to work day

Thursday 6 August is Cycle to Work Day, the UK’s biggest cycle commuting event. We appreciate that things may be a little different this year so if you’re working from home and missing your commute, you can still get involved. Why not use the time you would normally spend commuting by getting out on your bike, or cycle to the shops instead of taking the car?

To celebrate the day, we’re sharing the sustainability and wellbeing benefits of cycling and the facilities and offers available to you as a member of staff at the University.

Cycling is a great way to get around quickly and is brilliant for physical and mental health. In this blog, Head of Retail Operations, Peter Anstess, shares his experience of cycling around the city.

Transport makes up 33 percent of UK carbon emissions - more than any other activity. Last year we launched our partnership with BetterPoints to reward staff and students for travelling sustainably. Together, our staff and students have clocked up an incredible 83,206 miles cycling and saved 32,000 kg of CO2 by choosing to travel by bike over car.

BetterPoints user Emily R, said: "BetterPoints is a great motivator, it helps to tip the balance in favour of walking or cycling instead of taking short journeys in the car as they’re all opportunities to collect points. It is also an extra incentive to get out and be active every single day.”

Earn a medal and win prizes with BetterPoints

Record your cycle on Thursday 6 August with BetterPoints and receive a Cycle to Work Day medal. There will also be ten prize draws on the day too, each for a pot of 5,000 BetterPoints. You will earn a BetterTicket for recording a cycle ride of at least one mile. There will also be an opportunity to win another 5,000 BetterPoints for sharing the reason for your ride.

Urban cycling skills webinar, Thursday 6 August, 3-4pm

Love to Ride South Yorkshire are running a free 50-minute webinar for anyone who wants to ride comfortably and confidently on the road. Dame Sarah Storey, Active Travel Commissioner for Sheffield City Region, will also be talking about the development of the Active Travel Network across the region and co-hosts Travel South Yorkshire will share a short presentation about their work to promote active travel.

Find out more about how the University actively encourages walking and cycling