CYCLE ENFIELD STORY
Kelvin Hughes Ltd is a global company in Enfield with eleven offices in seven countries including the Netherlands. As world leaders in the development, manufacture and supply of maritime navigation, surveillance and security radar systems they have a strong cycle to work culture, which is inspired by their worldwide offices.
They employ 289 people at their headquarters in Enfield, where all research, development, design and production is conducted. Currently fewer than 10% of their staff cycle to work regularly from as far as Thurrock. They provide showers, lockers and cycle parking for staff that cycle to work and are exploring other incentives to encourage this form of sustainable travel. Bike rides are organised to link up with their Dutch office.
Russell Gould, CEO of the company has really backed the scheme, following the lead of Kelvin Hughes sales and marketing director, who cycles to work throughout the winter from Ware. Staff who cycle to work enjoy numerous health, economic and travel benefits.
Kelvin Hughes Ltd has a rich heritage, with Thomas Hughes, a Master of the Clock-makers Company, and William Thomson 1st Baron Kelvin, one of Scotland’s greatest scientists, which dates back to the 18th century. They are also the parent company of ChartCo Ltd, based at the same location in Enfield, which is the world’s longest established and largest distributor of navigational data, nautical charts, marine technical publications and digital products.
Programmes Manager, Kelvin Hughes (middle)
Sales and Marketing Director
E-Distribution Controller, ChartCo
Senior Systems Engineer, Kelvin Hughes (left)
Head of Engineering, Kelvin Hughes
Senior Systems Engineer, Kelvin Hughes (end)
Hardware Engineer, Kelvin Hughes
“ Until a couple of years ago I had not cycled since I was sixteen. ”
I cycle from Gilston, Hertfordshire to Mollison Avenue, 20 miles each way.
My colleague Barry mentioned that he was thinking of cycling in and shared that I could cycle to work without having to risk my life. But it was not until I wandered into the bike shop after picking up dog food from the pet shop that I decided to take it further. I was amazed at the price of bikes but the shop assistant explained the Cycle to Work scheme. I discovered Kelvin Hughes are a part of it and purchased my bike through the scheme. Then I mentioned it to our CEO and Financial Controller and they wanted to join too. Before we knew it there were five of us. I’ve been cycling for about 18 months now. I’ve had punctures and have had to walk several miles but that has not stopped me!
To think until a couple of years ago I had not cycled since I was sixteen.
“ It’s important to remember that the Netherlands were not always geared up for cycling. ”
I cycle from Roydon to Mollison Avenue, Enfield, 20 miles each way.
I have been cycling since I was three and I have never stopped. I love it! I love that feeling of freedom. I don’t go by thirty miles per hour, I pootle along about ten – twelve miles an hour. I love the fresh air!
It’s important to remember that the Netherlands were not always geared up for cycling it’s only because the public started demanding that something needed to happen about congestion that changes were made. It’s going to have to happen in this county also. We have great facilities at Kelvin Hughes and we’re gradually inspiring other members of the team to join us!
I do a lot of touring with my family, we take our camping gear on our bikes and we’re off for two weeks. Sometimes we go over to the continent or stay in this country. I have seen a vast difference between what is good for cyclists and what is bad and I’m not talking about the guys in Lycra speeding along through London but families also. I take my grandchildren out and we have great fun.
“ My wife is ridiculously fit and I like to be able to keep up with her. I can’t! She doesn’t cycle with me anymore because I’m too slow but it’s an ambition of mine! ”
I cycle from Billericay, Essex to Mollison Avenue, Enfield, 30 miles each way.
I’m inspired to cycle because my wife is ridiculously fit and I like to be able to keep up with her. I can’t! She doesn’t cycle with me anymore because I’m too slow but it’s an ambition of mine!
I started at the company a year ago. I cycle once or twice a week with Paul Davenport; if it weren’t for him I probably would not do it, it’s 30 miles each way! We often cycle different routes. We can do the journey to work in about 90 minutes, in the car it would take an hour and then there is the traffic!
My former company was closer to home, so I used to cycle to work every day, it was only five miles each way though. When we’re shifting gears we can do 30 miles in just under 90 minutes. I do not see the cycling journey as taking a big chunk of my time. I still go to the gym at the weekend but the difference is that with cycling I now get exercise in the week too.
“ Four years ago I was 19 and ½ stone and I was killing myself. I took up cycling three and half years ago. Since then I have lost five stone. ”
I cycle from South Ockendon, Thurrock to Mollison Avenue, 30 miles each way.
I’ve been with the business for 38 years. Four years ago I was 19 and ½ stone and I was killing myself. I took up cycling three and half years ago. Since then I have lost five stone, I am off the blood pressure tablets and I am off the statins. Encouraging people to cycle is a good thing on a number of levels; it gets people moving and congestion decreases. I don’t want to sound epiphanic because I cycle for me!
On my way to work I cycle through different terrains; cross county and towns. The first two miles of my journey through Enfield Town frightens the life out of me. One of my reasons for cycling is because of the commute home, especially in the summer. I don’t enjoy being stuck in traffic. The record has been five hours! So cycling really has its advantages. Cycling is good for business at Kelvin Hughes; I’ve created a Strava club (a website that tracks athletic activity) and there’s some good healthy competition amongst staff. It keeps us motivated and it’s a way to track progress and monitor each other.
At the moment cycling in Enfield is petrifying; there is a lot of road congestion round here. There are HGVs and lorries in an infrastructure that is not designed for this type of traffic. I tried cycling via Innova Park, with the parked lorries and I was dicing death. I think you have such a wide variety of transport going through there.
“ Cycling is just an excuse to eat cakes! ”
I cycle from Chelmsford to Mollison Avenue, Enfield, 25 miles each way.
I have been with Kelvin Hughes for six months; I’ve been cycling all of my life. As a child I didn’t like buses so I joined a cycling club at eleven so that I could cycle everywhere and I’ve been cycling ever since.
Cycling is just an excuse to eat cakes!
I’m doing a triathlon, which involves swimming, cycling and running. I find it harder to swim than cycle. I even did swimming lessons with my children’s’ instructor. I normally go cycle touring with a group of friends every year, we go to somewhere sunny every year and do 60 miles a day. Before I had my children I cycled all the time, then I got out of the habit. At my previous company if was cycling thirty miles each way, every day I would have been the only person to do that.
The facilities at Kelvin Hughes are great, we have showers here and the ethos is great. It’s encouraging. The fact that you have people around you who cycle in to work makes a difference.
“ Since cycling my life has been more enjoyable. It’s been better than sitting in traffic! ”
I cycle from Ware to Mollison Avenue, Enfield, 15 miles each way.
I have been cycling under a year now; I was a member of the gym and got bored, so I gave up my membership. I decided to cycle because I was fed up of sitting in traffic on my journey to and from work. Cycling has been a good alternative for me. Since cycling my life has been more enjoyable. It’s been better than sitting in traffic!
“ The benefits for me cycling are avoiding the traffic; I don’t have to drive in. ”
I cycle from Billericay, Essex to Mollison Avenue, Enfield, 30 miles each way.
I’ve been with the company for over twenty one years. I used to cycle when we were based in Hainault, which is less than 15 miles from our new office in Enfield. I cycle in the week and at the weekends. I am a keen cyclist; I used to compete but not anymore. I like to keep fit and cycling is a great way to do that. Cycling with Doug is motivating and it means we are not stuck in traffic, which is frustrating.
The benefits for me cycling are avoiding the traffic; I don’t have to drive in. The facilities at Kelvin Hughes are good and it’s great to see so many people cycle here.
Alice, Southbury - Attends the Bush Hill Park Inclusive Cycling Scheme
Clem attends the Bush Hill Park Inclusive Cycling Scheme
Karen attends the Bush Hill Park Inclusive Cycling Scheme
Deputy Geography Teacher at Enfield Grammar School