Niamh Hewens, ‘Cycle Champion’

July 16, 2020

Cantillon became a bronze FORS member in early 2013 and appointed the PA to MD at Cantillon, Niamh Hewens, as the ‘Cycle Champion’ for the company. Safe cyclist Niamh cycles to and from work and around the busy streets of London on a daily basis and is a keen advocate of training and educating both cyclists and vehicle drivers to co-exist on the roads.

The diary of a cycle champion…

As Cycle Champion, Niamh has visited our sites and delivered a Cycle presentation to Cantillon staff about cycling in London; driver, pedestrian and cyclist safety and encouraging our staff to be safe and confident cyclists.

The Cycle Champion along with the Project Manager from site, 100 City Road, gave a presentation to school children at Moreland’s primary school about cycle safety, demolition safety and how the two are related.

A Cycle Poster competition was announced at the assembly for all the children at Moreland’s to enter, and prizes will be awarded in school assembly before the end of term for the best Key Stage 1 (KS1) and KS2 posters to be displayed on Cantillon sites.

The Cycle Champion also arranged for a bike mechanic to attend the school’s fun day and check the children’s bikes to ensure they are roadworthy and safe; carrying out any necessary repairs on the spot.

At the Old Street Cycle festival on Wednesday 11th June 2014, the Cycle Champion promoted Cycle Awareness to the general public. This was organised as a joint venture with two other contractors working around Old Street roundabout, Brookfield and Sisk. Two bike mechanics checked brake cables and tyre pressures for free and Ivor the Considerate Constructor character made an appearance with his bike. The Metropolitan Police tagged over 60 bikes and were pleased to have added that many cycles to their database. They also parked their HGV up on the pavement and invited pedestrians and cyclists to sit in the cab whilst they explained and demonstrated the blind spots. A sobering experience which really brings home the importance of cycle awareness to everyone.

The Cycle Champion attended cycle meetings throughout the work at City Road with Project Managers and clients on how to deal with increase of lorry movements to site and devising plans / traffic schemes to avoid, where possible, lorries turning left and creating a potential danger zone.

Continuously working alongside our Safety and Sustainability Manager, the Cycling Champion is helping to put together a cycling awareness programme for all employees at Cantillon, to promote cycle safety and encourage our staff to get in the saddle and gain a better understanding of cycling in London.