Barclays has supported a community cycling initiative in Islington, London.
As sponsor of the Barclays Cycle Hire and Barclays Cycle Superhighways schemes in the UK capital, it teamed up with Islington Council to organise an event last Friday, where local children and adults took to their bikes to explore their borough’s green spaces.
Participants were joined by former Arsenal and England footballer Lee Dixon as they started their journey from the Barclays Spaces for Sports site at Rosemary Gardens.
The event, which was heralded as a success by organisers, also aimed to promote safe cycling, confidence on the road, and the wider benefits of travelling by bike.
Lee said last Friday: “Having played for Arsenal for 14 years, the community is one that is close to my heart so it was great to meet everyone and take part in this initiative.
“I am passionate about cycling and the positive benefits it provides so hopefully today will encourage more people in the area to get on two wheels.”
Ashok Vaswani, CEO, Barclays UK Retail and Business Banking, said last Friday: “Barclays Cycle Hire and Barclays Cycle Superhighways in London are visible examples of our commitment to Citizenship – supporting the communities in which we trade.
“Today’s event was to promote the benefits of cycling in a local London community that we have been active in since the launch of the Rosemary Gardens facility in 2008. I’d like to thank everyone involved for making the event such a success.”
Zahur Khan, Head of Traffic and Engineering Service, Islington Council, concluded: “We want Islington’s residents to be healthy and safe, and cycle training has an important part to play.
“Bringing everyone together for a mass cycle ride like this is very exciting and shows just how enjoyable and useful your bicycle is.”
Barclays is exploring the opportunity to organise similar events across London next year.
Barclays Cycle Hire, which provides an affordable, sustainable and environmentally friendly transport network in central London, was launched to members in July last year by Barclays Chairman Marcus Agius and the Mayor of London Boris Johnson.
Those who wish to become a member should visit Barclays Cycle Hire on the TfL website (new window).