Eastgate buys bikes for low carbon commuting

Posted on June 6th, by geoff in Caring Times head, CT Extra. No Comments

Caring Times, June 2013

‘Park House Care Home Launch into Cycling providing 3 bicycles for staff to use free of charge, helping them  to get  to ‘work’ and home again.   This is the first of the Eastgate Care Homes to pilot the plan supporting Nottingham City’s programme to reduce the local authority’s carbon foot print.

The initial uptake was fantastic, staff quickly recognising the fitness aspect and how cost effective cycling is, they immediately adopted the 3 original bikes and 3 more bikes on ordered, with4 more requests.

(six used in 1st week of pilot scheme)  Staff are now thinking cycle, Eastgate is incredibly impressed by our everyone’s interest in cycling, and will provide safety/winter coats for all staff cyclist.

At Park House 50% of staff already walk to work, other staff lift -share, some use public transport and 2 members originallycycled (now  6 & growing!) . All the Eastgate Care Homes are well located to link with the bus, train and tram and head office is  just 100 metres from the Phoenix Park tram stop, the company is currently proactive in minimising its carbon usage for transportation.

Eastgate aims to roll out the ‘cycle to work’ scheme across its 4 Notts Care Homes following the pilot at Park House.

‘Let’s not forget its healthy to cycle’

Park House staff Paula Butler, Tracey Harrison and Tina Wilson with the care home’s new bikes.

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