MALVERN’S MP hopping on her own bike to urge commuters to consider using pedal power to get to work and access one of the schemes aimed at helping ride not drive.
Harriett Baldwin regularly cycles to her Westminster office and since the onset of Coronavirus, has preferred using her fold-away bike rather than use public transport.
She is now encouraging others who are able to cycle to work to access a scheme which helps with the cost of a bike.
Funds were also made available last month to allow people to apply for a voucher to get their old bike repaired.
The Department for Transport has allocated £2billion to help more people use bikes safely for commuting including funds for better cycle lanes.
Worcestershire County Council figures show the number of cyclists has doubled since the onset of Coronavirus and lockdown as more ride for leisure, pleasure and exercise as well as an alternative to using private cars or public transport.
Ms Baldwin said: “Lockdown has seen less traffic and more bikes on the roads, and I hope that we will be able to maintain this impetus by helping more people to get their old bike repaired or get a new one.
“Cycling has been a great alternative for my allowing me to get to work under my own steam and it is also a great form of daily exercise.
“I am keen to make sure this isn’t just a phase and I have encouraged the Worcestershire councils look at ways of making cycling provision better including dedicated cycle routes and safe lanes between Worcester and Malvern.
“The composer Edward Elgar was inspired to his create great works from the saddle of a bike, and I hope that more people will be able to take to the roads safely and enjoy our fabulous rural countryside.”
People can search for ‘Cycle to Work’ on Google and click through to websites involved in the Government schemes.