Employees at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT) are leaving their cars at home thanks to a cycle to work scheme.
Staff at the Trust are able to take up the opportunity to purchase a cycle at a discounted price and pay for it in instalments on a monthly basis through a salary sacrifice scheme.
The cycle to work scheme not only helps to reduce carbon emissions but it helps individuals to maintain a healthy lifestyle and improve fitness.
The Trust has offered staff free advice, road safety training and maintenance tips through Pedal Ready, who have ran Dr Bike sessions at the Trust.
Julie Holliday, the Trust’s ‘Travel Co-ordinator’ for the scheme, reported: “The cycle to work scheme had gone very well and we have been impressed by the enthusiasm of those who have taken the opportunity to use their bikes to get to work.
“We are hoping that the Dr Bike sessions will continue in the future and we hope to encourage more staff to bring their bikes along to have them serviced free of charge.”
Peter Logan, a Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Trust, is one of the members of staff who has taken part in the cycle to work scheme. Peter makes an almost daily 25 mile-round bike commute from his home in Sheffield to work, covering 100 to125 miles per week.
He commented: “It is fantastic that the Trust is supporting staff to get active and cycle to work. The free Dr Bike sessions have kept my bike running smoothly and safely through even the worst of our inclement weather. I feel really fit, have lots more energy and have saved money on fuel.”
The Trust has been carrying out a ‘Year of the Olympics’ scheme with its staff since over the last 12 months which has helped to promote local sporting activities and events. The Year of the Olympics scheme has contributed to encouraging staff at the Trust to keep fit and healthy.