Cycle to Work Day

Cycle to Work Day is the UK's biggest one-day celebration of cycling to work. This year it takes place on 8 August 2019 where thousands of people are already pledging to commute to work by bike.

Whether you're a keen cycle commuter or fancy giving cycling to work a go for the first time, we've got loads of info and stories to inspire you to keep pedalling.


cycling the commute
man and woman cycling on street

Cycling to work is a great way of fitting more activity into your busy daily routine.

You can save yourself money if you switch from a commute by car or public transport and you'll arrive at work feeling more energised, less stressed and ready to take on the working day.

It's also good for the environment as you won't be burning any fossil fuels on your commute - the only fuel you'll need is your breakfast.

Read our guide and tips about how to start cycling to work


Richard Bond with bike outside office

Richard Bond started cycling to work in middle-age and was pleasantly surprised at how quickly his nine-mile round trip got easier, faster and more enjoyable.

While fully expecting his physical health and fitness to gradually improve, he didn't anticapte the positive effect cycling every day would also have on his mental health and wellbeing.

Read Richard's story

Man and woman cycling in urban setting

Cycle to work and arrive energised, alert and ready for the day - and you'll be clocking up your recommended 2.5 hours of physical activity per week before your work day begins.

Research has shown that people who cycle regularly have the fitness levels of someone up to 10 years younger.

Read our confidence-building tips

Lorreine cycling to work

Lorreine Kennedy started cycling to work a few years ago and feels fitter and healthier than ever before.

"When I get to work after riding in, I’m smiling, feeling happy." (Lorreine)

Read Lorreine's story


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London cycle commuter Ken

Ken used the think that cycling in London was something that other people did. The prospect of commuter traffic felt terrifying and put him off the very idea.

But discovering a Quietway route through the capital that he could use to cycle to work has made all the difference.

"Cycling regularly has been a revelation; not only have I lost weight, but I’m saving about £80 a month and feeling much fitter." (Ken)

Read Ken's inspiring story

man and woman cycling side by side

Cycling to work can be daunting for a first-timer and having the support of an experienced bike buddy can make the first few journeys a lot easier.

Find out how you can help them to enjoy their cycle commute to work. 

Read more

Clare with her friend Gary on the leeds and liverpool canal

Electric bikes are on the rise and it's not difficult to understand why. 

They're a good option if you want to start cycling to work but are worried about your fitness levels or concerned about arriving at work hot and sweaty. They can also turn a hilly or windswept commute into a breeze. 

We break some of the myths around electric bikes by talking to 34 year-old Clare Addy who has recently switched to commuting by electric bike.

Read Clare's inspiring story


Sustrans pannier shown on bike

Visit the Sustrans shop for a range of cycling accessories.

Stock up on reflective gear, panniers, bags, lights and even bike maintenance essentials.

Every purchase supports our work to make it easier for people to walk and cycle.

Browse our range of clothing and accessories

Need some inspiration to get on your bike?

Sustrans staff from across the UK have definitely been getting into the Cycle to Work Day spirit for their commute.

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