Tired of sitting in a traffic jam on the way to work? Wish you could change your daily commute and get some exercise at the same time?  

As part of National Bike Week (14-22 June), Hertfordshire County Council’s TravelWise department, in partnership with Stevenage-based Employers for the Environment (E4E), is inviting anyone who works in the Gunnels Wood area to get out of their cars and onto their bikes.  

The Gunnels Wood ‘Bike to Work Breakfast’ encourages staff to cycle to work and experience a new type of commute and a free breakfast, as well as get a free bike check by the Bike Doctor. The event takes place at the cycleway junction of Gunnels Wood Road and Fairlands Way (in the sunken roundabout), on Tuesday 17 June between 7am and 9.30am.

Cycling is a proven way to improve your health - cycling just 20 miles a week significantly reduces the risk of coronary heart disease. In the rush hour, cycling can be up to twice as fast as using your car, especially using Stevenage’s network of cycle paths. Furthermore cyclists absorb lower levels of air pollution than car drivers and pedestrians. Cycling also releases endorphins, which give you that natural happy feeling and reduce stress - the perfect antidote to any Tuesday morning blues!

County Councillor Stuart Pile, Executive Member for Highways, Transport and Rural Affairs, said: “The ‘Bike to Work Breakfast’ is the ideal way to find out more about cycling to work. As well as reducing congestion, cycling saves both time and money on your daily commute. Stevenage has a fantastic network of cycle lanes and routes for commuters to take advantage of, so why not give cycling a go.” 

Gill Hutchinson, Chairman of E4E, added: “Employers for the Environment are committed to encouraging as many people as possible to cycle to work, and we are encouraging everyone to show their support for National Bike Week and join in the 'Bike to Work Breakfast'.”