Eastbourne police get on their bikes for a healthier workplace

Police officers and staff, based at Hammonds Drive operational policing base in Eastbourne, got on their bikes to help promote a healthier workplace on 1 July.
Police officers and staff, based at Hammonds Drive operational policing base in Eastbourne, got on their bikes to help promote a healthier workplace on 1 July.

Eastbourne police officers and staff got on their bikes to help promote a healthier workplace on July 1.

Up to 30 staff, based at Hammonds Drive, took advantage of free cycle servicing and maintenance checks, bike marking and tried out an electric bike.

The event, a follow-up to a travel to work survey that staff had completed last month, was organised with Sustrans, East Sussex County Council, Bikeability and Wheels For Work.

Eastbourne public engagement officer Michael Perry, said, “This was a very successful event working in partnership with several other local agencies and businesses. The event was designed to encourage more staff to leave the car at home and cycle to work.

“The free cycle servicing and checks proved very popular and some staff had great fun in trying out the electric bike. We hope to organise similar events in the future as some employees have said they would be interested in cycle training and maintenance classes.

“I would like to thank Sustrans for all their hard work in helping to organise this event and we look forward to working with them again.”

Harriet Knights, Sustrans’ workplaces officer, said, “We know that cycling to work is a great way for adults to stay healthy and save money; but it also makes us more productive at work.

“I was delighted with the response from staff at Hammonds Drive; it shows that given the right tools, more people could be encouraged to try a different way of doing their daily commute.

“We hope that by working together we can not only encourage more Eastbourne Police Station staff to take up cycling to work in the future, but we can also encourage the general public to lead active and healthy lifestyles too.”