Cyclists Ride `22 laps Of M25`

More than 200 British Airways employees will tomorrow cycle a combined total of more than 2,500 miles in support of National Bike to Work Day. That`s equivalent to 22 laps of the M25.

Cyclists from as far afield as Reading, Richmond and Maidenhead will converge on British Airways` sites around Heathrow, with smaller groups cycling to Gatwick and some of the airline`s regional bases including Newcastle and Glasgow.

British Airways has committed to donate £10 for every cyclist taking part, which will be matched by a further £10 from National Lottery funding. The organisers of the BA event hope to raise some £4,000 for the environmental transport charity Sustrans.

David Hyde, Director of Safety, Security and Environment for British Airways, who is cycling to work from Virginia Water, said: “Over the past year we have introduced various initiatives to encourage people to leave their cars at home - from free shuttle buses to a mileage allowance for staff who use their bikes on business. I`m delighted that so many British Airways staff are taking part tomorrow and will be praying for fine weather.”