Erskine Glasgow Home Manager, Gordon Johnston, has been cycling to work for four years thanks to the charity’s Cycle2Work Scheme.
The scheme, which promotes healthier and greener journeys to work, was introduced in 2017 and currently has 37 employees enjoying a cycling commute.
Introduced in line with Erskine’s commitment to Scotland’s Health and Work Programme and the Government’s Transport Plan, it is one of the employee benefits of working for the charity.
Gordon said: “I am a big supporter of the Cycle2Work scheme as it’s great for fitness and for the environment. I was one of the first people to join when it was introduced and have cycled virtually every day since, no matter the weather. As well as being able to choose the bike I wanted, I was able to get decent waterproofs and a helmet.
“I don’t live far from work so cycle around 20 miles a week. I have travelled to work by bike throughout the pandemic, which has been safer than getting public transport, and has been good for my emotional wellbeing. Cycling means less traffic on the roads, meaning less pollution. Now traffic is increasing again, it is also quicker for me by bike as I use the bus lanes and cycle past any congestion.
“The system within Erskine meant it was really straight forward to get involved so in every way it is a win, win situation. I would encourage others to consider joining as you get your choice of bike and pay it up and are exercising daily, which is good for you and good for the planet at the same time.”
Karen Murphy, HR Manager at Erskine said: “During lockdown in 2020, 11 employees joined the Cycle2Work Scheme which has been great. Having cycled to work, staff feel energised, alert and ready to face the working day.”
Of the 37 employees currently signed up, 26 work at The Erskine Home in Bishopton, nine at Erskine Glasgow Home in Anniesland and two at Erskine Edinburgh Home in Gilmerton. It is just one of the many environmental measures in place at Erskine with the purpose of helping protect the planet – including installing solar panels on new buildings; changing to hybrid vehicles; using energy efficient LED lighting and water monitoring systems to minimise waste.
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