Get on yer bike to work to get fit and healthy

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BUSINESSES based at Langstone Technology Park are getting on their bikes as part of national Bike Week.

It begins on Saturday, and throughout the week there will be incentives to help staff leave the car at home and cycle in – no matter what the weather may throw at them.

Anyone who cycles in for three days will qualify for a free healthy breakfast pot.

Hampshire Police will be at the park on Wednesday providing a free security tagging service for any bikes.

Stowaway Bikes, which already operates a workplace maintenance scheme at Langstone, will be giving advice and selling equipment to kick-start or improve employees’ cycling.

Emma Bray, the park’s business excellence co-ordinator, organised the event.

She said: ‘We are always looking for innovative and exciting ways to promote fitness and wellbeing and once again Bike Week gives us the opportunity to do just that.

‘Whilst we have more than 400 cyclists at the park already, we want to encourage anyone, within reason, to leave the car at home and give cycling a go.’

To support this, we have a range of initiatives happening including security bike tagging and a free healthy breakfast – courtesy of our onsite caterers, Aramark. We are also keen to promote the positive environmental impact of the week and hope that some of those who join in will continue to cycle long after Bike Week has finished”.

This initiative comes as Langstone promotes their ‘Summer of Sport’ for employees with additional televisions now installed in the restaurant area for viewing events, matches and games. In addition table tennis, lawn games and fixture listings are available in the courtyard. Martyn Randell, Customer Service Delivery Manager at Langstone comments: “With so much sport happening this summer it seems only right that we make it as accessible as possible for everyone onsite to enjoy it. Whilst this inclement weather does not offer a promising start, I am confident that employees will make use of the facilities and enjoy being able to keep an eye on the scores without having to leave the office!”