There are a number of benefits to encouraging your staff to cycle or walk to work including improved physical fitness and mental health as well as reduce absenteeism. More information on the monetary benefits of investing in sustainable transport provisions is available from the Urban Transport Group.
Here are top ten changes you can make to your site that could increase the level of cycling and reduce congestion in your car parks.
Cyclists need secure cycle parking to store their bikes. There are a number of options available and section 10 of our Cycle Design Guidance covers guidance to workplaces on the installation of cycle parking.
Remember to engage with any cyclists currently employed at your site to help inform your decisions.
Cycling into work is a great form of exercise, and your employees would appreciate an area where they can easily change into workwear and store their cycling gear.
Showers and drying facilities help make people much happier about cycling to work and will also benefit people who jog, go to the gym or exercise during their lunch breaks.
Lockers are useful for storing cycling clothes during the day and in the wet weather, having somewhere to dry them out after a rainy trip, is extremely welcome. This facility may be nothing more complex than a dedicated cupboard, with hanging rails and an efficient dehumidifier.
Enhance your cycle parking with a ‘Pit stop’ box with a bicycle pump, basic bike repair tools, spare inner tubes and puncture repair kits. Don’t forget to promote this great resource on your site! Our handy bike maintenance guide can be linked to or downloaded to help staff maintain their bikes.
Why not offer high visibility clothing to staff or offer little extras such as lights - especially for those working on night shifts or when the days get shorter. Our winter cycling tips may also offer some useful advice.
Create a Bicycle User Group with cycle champion(s) within the workplace – the best ambassadors for sustainable travel in your business are those already doing it! Find out more about setting up these groups from Cycling UK.
With a cycle purchase salary sacrifice scheme available to staff. Employer registration into these schemes is quick, easy and free! The Department for Transport have a guide to implementing a cycle to work scheme for workplaces.
Visit our cycling map and find local information on bike shops, clubs and cycle training providers. Information on near by cycling routes and maps can also be very useful.
Use your onsite Health and Wellbeing events to promote cycling to work and the facilities available to staff.
Where storage is available and interest is shown by staff members, pool bikes can be helpful in encouraging new cyclists within the workplace to get on board.
This feature will need to be administered in some way (e.g. sign-up sheets) and there may be some implications on your onsite insurance to consider.