ON your bike and get a job - that’s the message of cycling fan Ged Hale who is celebrating Bradley Wiggins’ Tour de France victory by giving away 20 bikes to job hunters.
The South Yorkshire solicitor hopes Wiggins’ win will encourage more people to choose pedal power.
And as part of his firm’s Bike To Work initiative he stepped it up a gear today by offering young job seekers the chance to win one of 20 bicycles - complete with helmets, lights and locks.
He wants to help hard-up folk struggling to attend interviews due to public transport costs.
His message echoes the sentiments of former Tory party chairman Norman Tebbit who back in 1981 suggested unemployed people should get on their bikes to find work.
But Ged, aged 58, a criminal defence solicitor in the area for 25 years, is taking a more sympathetic approach and offering to provide the bikes. The lifelong fan of cycling says he wants to put something back into the community, promoting a healthy and low cost transport choice, on the back of the first Brit to win the Tour de France.
The former schoolboy racing cyclist, with Mexborough-based Rockingham Cycling Club, treasures the moment he did a lap of honour with Tour de France winner Eddy Merckx at the Piste Municipal in Paris in 1970.
Ged and his colleagues regularly cycle up to an hour a day to and from work. He reckons that’s why absenteeism from illness amongst his 20 staff is almost non-existent.
For a chance to win one of 20 bikes entrants must be aged 16 to 24, not currently in employment, education or training and live in the Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council area.
They must use their initiative to locate his firm’s GV Hale Doncaster office in person, to fill in an entry form to be eligible for selection.
Ged is hoping other businesses will follow his lead and make bikes available to job seekers all over South Yorkshire.
“The cycles, in women’s and men’s sizes, will be awarded to those motivated individuals who are able to use their initiative. All entries will go in a draw at the end of the week,” said Ged.
“I’m hoping it will lead to other businesses donating cycles. I’ll be happy to assist any prospective donors in their endeavours to provide a springboard to youngsters to get their first taste of employment - where they may otherwise struggle to attend interviews due to the cost of public transport.”