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Cycling saves CO2 but dont just take my word for it

Here at Achill Management we have all got our bikes out and our helmets on as we take part in the Legal Sector Alliance Travel Challenge 2014. This challenge set up for the law firms that are members of the LSA has so far seen over 3 tons of CO2 saved in the 1000 journeys and the 9000 kms cycled in just 8 days. An awesome start – but there is still time to take part so if you are a law firm and you have signed up yet its easy – just visit https://lsa.stravelrewards.com/ and get cycling.

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Why cycling commutes need to become the norm

There are some places in the UK where cyclists seem to congregate – being based at Somerset House, I can tell you that Waterloo Bridge is one of these places. In my daily attempt to cross the road, they are lined up at the lights in their tens, watching and waiting for the red dot to disappear and be replaced by a great big ‘Go! Go! Go!’ signal. Every day I wonder why I’m not on a bike doing the same thing, and I think I’ve finally figured it out.

It is partly to do with the sheer amount of spandex involved. I’ve never been informed this is compulsory, but it almost looks that way. Rarely do I see someone on their bike in the morning who looks like they don’t care if they’re not in front of the crowd, a la Tour de Waterloo.

Cycling culture in Britain is not really embraced by the masses. It’s seen less as a fun, healthy and green way to get to work, and more of a competition if you’re a speedy pro or a sweaty burden if you’re the typical office worker. Our nation is incredibly successful at cycling – the GB cycling team win gold, silver and bronze medals every year in lots of different sports competitions, including the Olympics, the World Track and Road Championships and the World BMX Championships.

So why can I barely make it up a small hill?

The average Briton should really start thinking more positively about cycling and embrace all of its benefits. You save calories, money and CO2, and the health benefits, according to Cambridge University, include prevention of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and some cancers. I can’t help but feel we’re all missing a very easy way to get fitter.

Trying to fit 3 sets of 30 minute-exercise per week can be challenging for someone working 9 to 5. But merging exercise into your commute is essentially killing two metaphorical birds with one environmentally-friendly stone.

The impact on the environment if more Britons turned to cycling would be huge. The National Geographic reported that cycling just 5 miles every day instead of driving an average sized car would reduce your household emissions by 6%. In Denmark, the average person cycles 600 miles every year, while the average Briton only cycles 80. The Guardian reported in 2011 that if the whole of the EU matched the Danes in this way, we could cut the transport greenhouse gases by 25%. Current EU legislation only has a target of reducing these emissions by 10% by 2020 – it’s possible to reach and surpass this target if the public start to take greener modes of transport, and a commute to work is the perfect place to start.

Award-winning Pleasecycle is already used by many companies and organisations as a way to engage employees in being environmentally responsible. So far, they have saved 593 metric tons of CO2, which is the equivalent of 42.5 return flights from London to Tokyo. Now the Legal Sector Alliance are joining the movement in the form of a Travel Challenge, and from 20 June to 20 July many will be switching their cars and taxis to bikes and trainers!
Just a 20% increase in British cycling would save the economy £207 million from reduced traffic congestion, and £71 million from lower pollution levels.

I couldn’t think of a reason I – or the rest of us – shouldn’t be on a bike if I tried.

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Celebrating the 799th anniversary of the Magna Carta

Achill Management are delighted to be supporting the work of the Great Charter Foundation as it applies for charitable status. This dynamic new venture seeks to create a lasting legacy from the planned 800th Anniversary celebrations of the Magna Carta in 2015. Working with Steve Moore the founder we will be supporting his call to action for “we the people to celebrate, educate and agitate”. Find out more by reading his latest Medium post.

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Award for Most Environmentally Friendly Law Firm

Time is running out for you to nominate a law firm to enter the Law Society Award for Environmental Responsibility. Its easy to do, and if you are a law firm or you know a law firm that has a good track record on the environment then enter now. Criteria for entering includes counting your carbon footprint, or reducing paper wastage, cutting back on travel or even bee keeping. So don’t delay – enter today by visiting the Law Society website. Good Luck

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