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GARTNAVEL STAFF GO GREEN FOR GLASGOW

June 14, 2005 12:00 PM

Gartnavel Hospital staff are getting on their bikes to help turn Glasgow green and give their health a kick start.

Staff are supporting National Bike Week (June 12-19) and their combined pedal power is being given a boost on Thursday, June 16, with the offer of a cyclist breakfast, bike clinic and a bike security event at the main entrance of Gartnavel General Hospital.

Canteen staff are preparing energy boosting breakfasts, and staff and volunteers from the Common Wheel project are providing bike MoTs and advice about maintenance and repairs.

Officers from Strathclyde Police Community Safety Department are also attending to security stamp bikes and give safety and crime prevention advice.
As well as getting behind National Bike Week, the event also underlines NHS Greater Glasgow's green transport policy.

It encourages staff, patients and visitors to reduce individual car use, and substitute public transport, walking or cycling instead.

Clare Strain, Travel Planning Officer at Gartnavel General Hospital, said: "This event has been held to promote cycling to work and to encourage staff from Gartnavel General and Gartnavel Royal who would not normally cycle to work to give it a go and claim their free breakfast courtesy of the Workplace Health Action Team. 
"We are most grateful for the support from the Common Wheel Project and local police community safety department. 

"Cycling is a key element of the Gartnavel Travel Plan which aims to encourage those who travel by car, (staff, patients and visitors) who are able, to consider using alternative sustainable modes of transport to and from the hospital site. 
"As well as getting fit and healthy, staff who cycle to work on a regular basis are also helping to implement the travel plan." 

Regular cyclists enjoy fitness levels equal to that of a person 10 years younger (National Forum for Coronary Heart Disease); it can help cope with stress, weight control and prevent high blood pressure (Scottish Executive); and cycling for 30 minutes a day can half the risk of heart disease (Health Education Authority).

According to various surveys 62 per cent of all journeys are between 1-2 miles and cycling can be the fastest mode of travel during urban peak times.

PHOTOCALL – you are invited to send a reporter and photographer to the main entrance of Gartnavel General Hospital at 12.30 pm, Thursday, June 16, when staff who have cycled to work will be met with a special cyclist breakfast served by canteen staff.

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