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Residents encouraged to sign Havering Cycling Charter

Research suggests that those who cycle to work take fewer sick days 

Havering Cyclists have asked residents to sign a new charter to encourage the council to invest in cycling infrastructure. 

The people behind the Havering Cycling Charter said the council are hesitant to invest money in facilities for cycling due to a potential back lash from non-cyclists. 

They are looking for support from local organisations and individuals to motivate the council to improve cycling within the borough. 

Terry Hughes, of Havering Cyclists, explained the benefits of cycling to work: “You may know that people who cycle to work are typically more energised and productive, take fewer days’ sick and are less often late for work due to travel delays.

“You may also know the great benefits that regular cycling has for the environment and for peoples’ general health and well being so this idea should be to everybody’s benefit.”

The Havering Cycling Charter reads as follows;

We, the people, businesses, organisations and schools in Havering want our borough to be a vibrant place to work, study, thrive and do business.  

We recognise that…
– Cycling has an important part to play in addressing Havering’s challenges of congestion, inactive lifestyles, pollution and population growth
– Cycling supports business, boosts economic productivity and contributes to the health and well-being of our workforce
– Pressure on the growing population in the borough will be relieved if more people cycle
– Increased physical activity helps ease the burden on our health and social care services

We want Havering to be a borough where…
– Children can cycle to school or college safely
– People can travel to work safely, directly and easily on a convenient and connected cycle network
– Our roads and public spaces prioritise people and make cycling the safe, natural choice for a large proportion of everyday journeys
– Cycling contributes to our prosperity, helps us stay healthy and keeps people and goods moving

If you’d like to sign the Havering Cycling Charter you can do so by clicking here.

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