A new monthly bike bus has been launched in Middlesbrough to encourage commuters to ditch the car and take two wheels to work instead.
The Middlesbrough Bike Bus sees a group of cyclists riding on a route that stops at key employment and residential areas where people can join in and leave.
The bus allows people to cycle to work with other people, make new cycling friends and is ideal for anyone concerned about riding alone.
The bike bus, organised by Middlesbrough Council, takes place on the 5th of every month.
If the 5th falls on a weekend it takes place on the Friday before – so the next bike bus is on Friday, February 3rd.
The bike bus starts at the Southern Cross in Marton at 7.45am and finishes at Middlesbrough Cycle Centre in the bus station at 8.15am.
Major employment stops on the route include James Cook University Hospital’s A&E entrance at 8am, Teesside University at 8.10am and Middlesbrough town centre at 8.15am.
The return journey leaves the cycle centre at 4.30pm and takes half an hour to get back to the Southern Cross.
The Middlesbrough Bike Bus started in November and fits in with the ‘Don’t Drive on the 5’ campaign launched by Teesside cyclist Gerry McBride last year.
Gerry is aiming to get 1,000 commuters out of their cars on the 5th of each month by the end of the year.
New figures released late last year revealed that the number of people getting on their bikes in Middlesbrough has hit a new high.
Thanks to a range of high profile cycling initiatives and events the number of bike journeys made in the town has jumped by a massive 72% since 2006.