Over three tonnes of carbon saved in Warwickshire during Cycle September 2023

Cyclists across Warwickshire saved over 3225kg of Carbon this September when they got on their bikes and chose active travel for work and leisure.

Warwickshire County Council is part of the Love to Ride family of partner organisations, giving residents, businesses, and community groups access to the best rewards and resources that encourage cycling for travel, not just leisure.

Cycle September is Love to Ride’s global bike-riding event, bringing together riders of every level to promote the benefits of bicycles. The campaign is a great opportunity for communities, businesses and individuals to engage in a fun challenge that will help them meet their health, wellness, and sustainability goals.

Throughout the month of September, the following was recorded on the Love to Ride Platform:

  • 626 cyclists took part across 21 Warwickshire-based workplaces;
  • Cyclists taking part recorded 82,844 miles across 5648 individual trips; and
  • Collectively saved 3225kg (3.3 tonnes) of Carbon compared to the same journeys being taken by car.

Even though Cycle September is over, the public can still sign-up with Love to Ride: https://www.lovetoride.net/warwickshire 

The Love to Ride platform creates leader boards of workplaces taking part in Cycle September that are based on the size of the individual organisations. The final results for the month were:

  • 2000+ Staff – University of Warwick
  • 500 – 1999 Staff – Baxi Heating
  • 200 – 499 Staff – Octopus Energy – Warwick Office
  • 50 – 199 Staff – Focus Solutions Group
  • 20 – 49 Staff – Consumer Insight
  • 7 – 19 Staff – ABB UK – Hams Hall
  • 1 – 6 Staff – The Bicycle Bus

Cycling staff from Warwickshire County Council, which came 3rd in the 2000+ Staff category:

  • logged 378 rides;
  • cycled 4092 miles; and
  • saved 450lbs of C02.

Cllr Jan Matecki, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Transport and Planning, said: “The benefits of active travel, particularly travelling by bike, are huge, both for the individual and for our wider environment.

“For many of us, it might seem difficult, and perhaps daunting, to know where to start as travelling by car, even for short journeys, has become so engrained in our daily lives.

“We are committed to supporting residents to realise that they can start their active travel adventure by switching just one car journey every week to an active alternative such as cycling and we hope that this new partnership with Love to Ride will offer residents a fun and engaging way to get into cycling and encourage their friends, family and colleagues to get on their bikes too.

“I would like to say thanks to all the cyclists and workplaces who took part in Cycle September and a big well done to those workplaces who came top of their respective leaderboards for the month.”


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