The Sage Cycle to Work scheme was relaunched yesterday. The timing was not ideal for me as we have a lot going on with a software release immenent and it wasn’t really the right day to be taking almost 2 hours for a lunch break. I’m sure it was noted by my boss who is a very keen timekeeper but I was in for 7:30 and stayed an hour extra at the end of the day so my conscience is clear.
Rob came in on his Brompton from Rusholme’s Bicycle Doctor and I brought my Trek into the kitchen area to set up a display of sorts. Head office had sent down plently of info about the CycleScheme B2W scheme to pass out and I’d got a dozen of the newly re-printed Salford Council Cycle maps. I’m proud of these maps as I complained to the council that all the footbridges crossing the Irwell and Ship Canal were (deliberately!) missing from the first edition, even ones you could legitimately ride over. The second edition now includes them all (even if there is no suitable route on either side of the bridge!) although the key to the map insists that you have to walk your bike across all of them (which is not strictly true). Anyway that’s progress and a great example of how cycle forums help us cyclists to help the councils get it right.
This year we had less visitors but more strong interest. Most people who spoke to Rob already had an understanding of how the scheme worked so we’re confident that over the 10 enquires 3 or more could buy within the month. Currently we have 6 people who have bought through the scheme but all are in R&D. Once we have people from the other departments and other floors then the benefits of the scheme will be demonstrated to a wider audience.
The next step would be to set up the Bike User Group. I wonder who’s going to do that?
The Self-Appointed Sage Manchester Cycle Tsar