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Cycle Training Scheme

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By: Epsom and St. Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

Hopefully less people travelling to work by car or at least thinking about alternative forms of transport and the environment. It is good publicity and a nice benefit to be able to offer staff.

Not measured - At the moment the number of people who attend the training and then go onto cycle into work is not recorded.

Project aims to provide cycling training for both staff and their families. For a number of years Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Trust has offered training days split into morning and afternoon sessions.  The morning sessions are for staff members only, the afternoon sessions are aimed at staff families.  The idea is for a relaxed and informal introduction to safe and enjoyable cycling for all. 

Gloria, as project coordinator, is able to loan people pool bikes if required.

As one of their main sites, Sutton Hospital, backs onto the Royal Marsden Hospital, they have been able to work in collaboration and share access to cycle training.

The NHS Trust has run cycle training schemes for at least 7 years.  Until 2008 the partnership was with the local borough council, but this was not a free service.  Now all cycle training is delivered through Smarter Travel Sutton http://www.smartertravelsutton.org/home free of charge.  This programme started in October 2008.

The Sutton Hospital Site.

Smarter Travel Sutton – responsible for delivery of all the training.



Minimal – staff time, as part of overall role, to implement and administer scheme.

The scheme is advertised on the dedicated travel board at each site, and also in the weekly newsletter (the all staff e-bulletin)
Gloria Randall, Trust Waste Management/ Environmental Management, gloria.randall@esth.nhs.uk, 0208 296 3933