There are several exciting activities planned this summer as part of a project to encourage the public to choose sustainable travel options.

The first activity, taking place between 22nd and 26th July, is the Connect2Work’s Workplace Walking Challenge, which will see employees compete to complete the most walking miles to and from their place of work – with the chance to win high street vouchers.

The next activity is a FREE ‘Dr Bike’ Maintenance Session’ taking place on 23rd July, at the County Hall car park in Newport, between 09:00 and 15:00, where you can take your bike along to get it checked over by Island Bikeworks.

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The final July activity is the ‘ Workplace Bikeathon’, a 5-day challenge taking place from 29th July to 2nd August.

The council’s active travel officer, Kayleigh Richter, said:

“If you’re new to cycling or it’s been a while, the ‘Workplace Bikeathon’ is great opportunity to get going again – building your confidence as part of a team and raising much needed funds for Island charities at the same time. The ‘Dr Bike’ maintenance session is also a good opportunity to make sure your bike is up to scratch before you start!

“If you’re quite a competitive workplace, why not try the Workplace Walking Challenge? You can compete as a department or as your own preferred team, it’s entirely up to you. The added benefit is that being more active in your commute is known to make for a more refreshed, productive employee.”

If you would like to find out more information and take part, visit:

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The events have been organised through the Connect2Work project which aims to change the travel habits of apprentices, employees, jobseekers and employers to reduce congestion, pollution, and to promote health and wellbeing.

The project is supported by the Isle of Wight Council’s Sustainable Travel Access Fund programme, using funding secured competitively from the Department for Transport to deliver a wider programme of sustainable transport projects being delivered through to April 2020.

For more information on these activities and much more, visit the Connect2Work website at

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