STAFF at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust have been given the Christmas gift of on-road cycle training to help them get on their bikes in the New Year.
The Public Health Agency (PHA) has funded the cycle training which will be delivered by Sustrans from the end of January as part of the ‘Leading The Way’ programme which encourages staff in Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, Belfast City Council, Health and Social Care Board, Business Services Organisation, and PHA to travel actively as part of their working day.
Séamus Mullen, Head of Health Improvement for Belfast at the PHA, said: “By building physical activity into our daily lives, we can have a really positive impact on our health. With the new Belfast Bike stations appearing at the hospitals, it offers the perfect opportunity for staff to cycle to work or between sites.”
The free training will help skill up staff ahead of the launch of three new Belfast Bike Share docking stations earmarked for the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast City Hospital and the Mater Hospital. The accredited training aims to equip anyone who can cycle with the confidence and skills to ride safely on the road.
Karen Mawhinney, Sustrans Cycle Training Coordinator said: “This is a great opportunity for any Belfast Trust staff who hasn’t been cycling recently or needs to improve their skills to get some free training and gain confidence cycling in the city centre in advance of joining the Bike Share Scheme.”
The Belfast Bike Share Scheme celebrated 100,000 journeys after just five months and, due to popular demand, additional docking stations were recently launched. The three new docking stations are expected to open at the hospital sites in March 2016.