Lonza Slough loves to ride

Published: 11 September 2019

Staff at a medical science laboratory who cycle to work had their bicycles put through their paces during a Better by visit.

The council’s sustainable transport team Better by team took experts in bicycle maintenance to examine the bikes for mechanical issues.

There were also activities for staff not currently cycling to work in a bid to enthuse them into becoming commuters on two wheels.

The event was held at Lonza on the Slough Trading Estate, to reward the large number of cyclists they have already got and to encourage more to take up a healthy commute.

Cycle Experience mechanics checked tyres, brakes and general road worthiness before being able to carry out remedial work, while Better by marked the bikes which are now on a national bike register as a theft prevention tool, as well as making it easier for bikes to be returned to their rightful owner in the event of a theft.

Staff also got to spin a Love to Ride ‘wheel of fortune’ where they could win on the spot prizes once they had signed up to Love to Ride Slough app. Prizes included a snood or being entered into a prize draw to win Decathlon Vouchers, t-shirts and cycling gear.

Members of staff were also pitted against each other in the static cycling challenge by Rollapaluza where they raced along a 250m imaginary track in the quickest times possible.

Lonza Slough is part of a global organization focused on achieving the strategic vision of being the world's leading, integrated solutions provider for its pharma and consumer healthcare and nutrition customers throughout a lifetime of healthcare needs from prevention to disease cure.

Cllr Rob Anderson, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “We are helping regular cycling commuters by offering a free bike check up as well as trying to encourage more to take up cycling to work.

“We hope more businesses will get on board and make it easier for more of their workforce to cycle which has the benefits of reducing congestion and air pollution as well as health benefits for the cyclist.”

During September Slough has joined the Love to Ride worldwide promotion of cycling. Those who get in the saddle for at least a 10 minute journey, can log the ride and it will be put into a draw for prizes including a trip to New Zealand. For more information log onto www.lovetoride.net/Slough.

If more businesses are interested in having a sustainable travel event at their offices they can contact betterby@slough.gov.uk.