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04 September 2015 - Bedworth employees pledge to cycle to work

On 3 September workers across Bedworth opted for two wheels instead of four, as record numbers took part in Cycle to Work Day.
The national campaign aims to increase the number of people cycling to work every day in the UK from 760,000 to more than a million by 2021.

In 2013 and 2014, tens of thousands of commuters hit the streets, and cycled over a half million miles for Cycle to Work Day. As well as being endorsed by celebrities such as Denise Van Outen, hundreds of employers are supporting the day. Taking part this year was Domestic & General which employs 240 people at its Bedworth office.

Dave Moore, Ops manager at Domestic & General believes more people should cycle regularly, especially to work. He said: “Getting on your bike in the morning is a great way to blow away the cobwebs and get the blood pumping, ready for a productive day at work. It’s a really great form of exercise, with low impact on the body, and it’s also a cheap and non-polluting form of travel.”

Domestic & General is signed up to the part-government funded Cycle to Work Scheme which provides tax-free bikes to employees who pay back in monthly instalments at 0% interest. So far 44 Domestic & General employees have already bought bikes through the scheme.

Cycle to Work Day also enjoys unilateral support from cycling advocacy groups such as British Cycling, Sustrans, the London Cycling Campaign, Cyclescheme, the Bicycle Association, CTC - the national cycling charity, and Cycle Nation.

For more information visit www.cycletoworkday.org.

Seven reasons to cycle to work

Dave Moore, Ops manager at Domestic & General shares his top reasons for cycling to work:

  1. It's a low-impact type of exercise – which means it’s far easier on your joints when compared to running or high-impact aerobics – but it still helps you get into shape.
  2. You can burn hundreds of calories – for example, someone who weighs 80kg (12st 9lb) will burn more than 650 calories with an hour's riding. It’s also great for toning legs and bums and if you ride uphill or off-road, you'll also work your upper body.
  3. It’s a great defence against illness - moderate exercise makes immune cells more active and helps prevent heart disease.
  4. Cycling can decrease your stress levels – by releasing endorphins that trigger positive feelings.
  5. You’ll sleep better – exercise promotes better sleep, while feeling properly rested will boost concentration levels and productivity at work.
  6. It’s affordable – forget expensive petrol, season tickets and bus passes, once you’ve bought a bike and the safety kit that goes with it, all you need is leg power.
  7. It’s green – cycling contributes zero CO2 emissions and reduces our dependency on oil. A less polluted environment equals a healthier you.


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Notes to Editors

About Domestic & General

Domestic & General provides warranty services for UK and International clients and comprehensive product protection for more than fifteen million customers.

The company was founded 100 years ago, and for the past 60 years it has been looking after people when their appliances break down. Today its primary focus is on providing product protection for major domestic appliances and consumer electronic products. Together with its manufacturing, retail and financial services clients, it provides warranty services for major UK and International brands. It manages the whole warranty process, including: customer mailing; contact centres; repair networks; in-house administration; claims handling.

Domestic & General operates across a number of different international markets, most notably in Australia, Germany, Spain, France and Italy. To learn more visit www.domesticandgeneral.com.