Victoria Pendleton helps parliament pedal for a greener future

 

The annual All Party Parliamentary Bike Ride (Wednesday 16 June), hosted by EDF Energy, aims to promote cycling as a mode of transport which helps people to keep fit and save money, whilst reducing their carbon footprint.

 

The group including the fabulous Victoria Pendleton, will set off from the offices of EDF Energy in Victoria, central London, and cycle three miles to the Houses of Parliament, Westminster. At the end of the ride participants will hear a speech from Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Transport Norman Baker at a post-race reception hosted by Channel 4 broadcaster and President of the CTC – the UK’s national cyclists’ organisation - Jon Snow.

 

 

Riders will also be invited to take a pit-stop at Churchill Primary School, Pimlico, to get a taster of Bikeability – the cycling award scheme that’s designed a ‘cycling proficiency for the  21st century’ - which aims to give children and young people the skills and confidence to cycle on today’s roads. Hands on the bars kids and no wheelies please.

 

 

The All Party Parliamentary Cycle Ride also comes the day before the second annual Green Britain Day, founded by EDF Energy, and just a few days before the start of Team Green Britain Bike Week (19th – 26th June), an annual event which aims to make everyday cycling for everyone and inspire people to try, or rediscover cycling. Team Green Britain Bike Week Events will be taking place across the country. People can find their nearest event at www.bikeweek.org.uk

 

Phillip Darnton, Chairman of Cycling England, commented:  “It is most encouraging to see more and more parliamentarians take part in this annual cycle ride.  They appreciate the benefits that cycling brings, especially for short journeys.  Cycling addresses two problems at once – it reduces traffic congestion and pollution, while simultaneously tackling lack of physical activity and obesity.  The humble bicycle really can help meet so many issues in today’s challenging times – it’s inexpensive, it’s convenient and it’s good fun for us all too”.

 

Paul Spence, Director of Strategy and Regulation, EDF Energy said: “We can only tackle climate change effectively by working together as a team. As the UK’s largest producer of low carbon electricity and London 2012’s first sustainability partner, EDF Energy has kicked off Team Green Britain to bring people together to reduce Britain’s carbon footprint.

 

“All those riding in the All Party Parliamentary Cycle Ride are setting a great example to the rest of the country on the day before Green Britain Day. I hope that people all over the country  follow suit as cycling is a great way to save money, socialise and get fit whilst reducing your carbon footprint. It’s a great example of how doing your bit for the environment can be fun and fit into your everyday routine.”

 

BikeEnvy's question to the MP's taking part in the ride is, will this be a new way of reducing MP's expenses, or will they claim mileage instead?  Oh yeah, and did they take advantage of the Cycle to Work scheme we wonder?

 

 

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