News: Pedal Power Speeds Commuters To Work
Wednesday, 23rd June 2004
Journeys to work are quicker than ever for a commuter who rediscovered a two-wheeled way to beat congestion.
Sue Thom (THOM) was one of the stars of Lancashire County Council-backed Bike to Work Week - she pedalled the four miles from home to Preston centre and found it took less time than her usual car trip.
It had been years since Sue (36) last used her bike but it took just a bit of effort with her bike pump to get her whizzing between her Lostock Hall home and her Preston work.
Bike to Work week is organised to persuade people to get fit and reduce traffic by using their bikes whenever convenient.
Sue, business performance manager for Lancashire County Developments Ltd, said:
"The only problem before had been running Will, my eight-year-old son, to school before I got to work.
"I find just taking him a bit earlier and then driving back home to collect my bike can still save me time overall by avoiding all the traffic on the way into Preston.
"What was even better was arriving at work all fresh-faced - and not having to spend a small fortune paying for parking.
"Cycling to work was something I just had not thought of before - but will do so a couple off times a week from now on."
Sue commuted by a purpose-built cyclepath that, at parts, follows the course of the River Ribble.
Other events organised for last week's Bike to Work Week included the opening of a new stretch of cyclepath through Avenham Park, Preston, and cycling roadshows held in Wharton, Clitheroe, Lancaster, and Preston.
About 50 Lancashire County Council staff from across the county cycled into work at least once in the week - and were treated to free breakfasts.
Notes for Editors
READY to ride: Sue sets off from her Lostock Hall home.
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