Last year we launched the Big Green Jewish Year of the Bicycle – a whole year of campaigns, action and education focusing on transport and how to make the way we get around more sustainable. Scroll down to find out more about Year of the Bicycle activism and activity for you and your community:
Get behind the bike shed
Why do we need to go behind the bike shed?
Everyone should support the bike shed and everything it stands for – namely, encouraging employees to choose a more environmentally-friendly (and often quicker and more cost-effective) mode of transport to get to work. Employers round the country are taking advantage of the Cyclescheme to enable their employees to get a bike tax-free, saving up to half the cost.
BGJ will be campaigning this year to encourage Jewish charities and employers to provide their staff with the opportunity to get a tax-free bike and the facilities for cyclists at their offices, such as showers and bike racks.
Benefits for employers
• Save money. Typically, organisations can save 13.8% of the total value of salary sacrifice because of reductions in the amount of National Insurance Contributions due.
• Free to join, easy to administer.
• Employment welfare: a way to demonstrate concern for the welfare of employees and potential recruits, all whilst not costing the earth.
• Environmental and health benefits: employees will be happier and fitter at work.
Benefits for employees
• Get a tax free bike! Employees on average save about 32% of the cost of a bike.
• No great outlay all in one go. You pay for the bike monthly over the course of 12 months.
• Great choice of bikes and cycling equipment.
Miles More from Marylebone
What’s a Superhighway?
Barclays Cycle Superhighways (CS) are cycle routes running from outer London into central London. They offer cyclists safer, faster and more direct journeys into the city and could be the quickest (and most environmentally-friendly!) way to get to work. The first four have now launched with the remaining eight to be introduced by 2015.
Whereabouts in London are they?
The following Barclays Cycle Superhighways now are open:
• CS2 from Bow to Aldgate
• CS3 from Barking to Tower Gateway
• CS7 from Merton to the City
• CS8 from Wandsworth to Westminster
You can take a look at the Barclays Superhighways FAQ or the Superhighways map if you want to know more. More details can be found on all the new Superhighways on the Transport for London site.
Get on your bike, in your community!
There are lots of ways to get involved with and further your cycling proficiency through your local council. Most councils are keen to promote cycling to all ages as a sustainable form of transport and a way of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and often provide help to constituents keen to get on the right path.
Assistance offered varies from providing information to putting on free or subsidised cycling courses.
Those living in Barnet, Bury, Camden, East Renfrewshire, Hackney, Harrow, Hertsmere, Manchester, Redbridge or Westeminster councils can find contacts and links for cycling and green transport in your area here.
Rabbi Relay Ride: get green and get going
During the Year of the Bicycle, Rabbis will be cycling the length of Britain – why not get involved?
2012 is the Big Green Jewish Year of the Bicycle, a whole year of campaigns, action and education focusing on sustainable transport. In celebration of this, Gefiltefest is organising the event of the year, the Rabbi Relay.
GefiltefestWhat? The Rabbi Relay is a collaborative cycle down the length of the UK, lead by 19 (and counting) Rabbis from the British Jewish community. Starting at Land’s End and finishing at John O’ Groats, the ride raises the bar of communal action for healthy, clean, green living.
Tzedek Bike Ride
Get on your bike this summer and raise money for great charities! Date: 9th September, 2012
Join Tzedek and the JCC and cycle from London to Cambridge on September the 9th 2012, raising funds for environmental projects overseas and green projects in the UK. This year will be a new route from London to Cambridge, it will be a joyous ride, giving you the perfect opportunity to breathe the fresh air of the beautiful English country side, and arrive in the delightful city of Cambridge. It’s a great way to spend a day!
Get on your bike, do something good for yourself, for your community and for charity, by raising money for the Jewish Community Centre for London and Tzedek; two organisations at the heart of Jewish Social Action in London.
The route is 50 (or so) miles long and you’ll cycle through beautiful countryside and be supported by a team of professionals and volunteers along the way.
You don’t need to be a cycling professional to take part but you do need to be a competent rider on roads, over 16 and up for the challenge of a day’s cycling (whilst wearing a cycle helmet).
You’ll raise money for Tzedek and the JCC Social Action programme.
We will be holding a pre-bike ride Q &A and safety briefing. The details of these will be provided soon. If you're ready to get fundraising, then set up your own Virgin giving page.