Business park is Bike Friendly

John Hacker and Georgina Stares, of TPS Transport Consultants, with the award.
John Hacker and Georgina Stares, of TPS Transport Consultants, with the award.
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A business park has received recognition for its cycle to work support to more than 4,000 workers.

Thorpe Park Leeds has been awarded a bronze accreditation as part of the CityConnect ‘Bike Friendly Businesses’ scheme.

This recognises efforts from the park’s estate and travel management teams in providing facilities and support that encourage cycling to work.

The accreditation also meant that Thorpe Park Leeds could apply for a grant of up to £5,000 to fund further efforts to help cyclists go that extra mile.

An application was made to match fund a new cycle fix-it station, providing cyclists with communal bike repair tools and an air pump, which they can use free of charge.

Georgina Stares at TPS Transport Consultants Ltd, which is retained to manage the development and implementation of sustainable travel-related measures at Thorpe Park Leeds, said: “We are delighted to receive this accreditation which goes to recognise the broad range of initiatives we have in place to support and encourage cyclists at Thorpe Park Leeds.

“The report praised businesses on site for providing good quality and well-lit cycle parking for staff and visitors. It also praised our community engagement initiatives and events which include free monthly Dr Bike sessions and an active Bicycle User Group, all promoted effectively through the ParkLife community portal on the website.”

Thorpe Park Leeds has more than 60 occupiers including IBM, National Grid, Kier and United Utilities.

CityConnect is funded through the Department for Transport’s Cycle City Ambition Grant and local match funding.