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 the London Borough of Hackney has produced guidance on installation of 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.
This feature tends to be the second desired element in cycling provisions after cycle parking.
Let new employees know what provisions that are available and how they can commute to work by bike.
The information can be as simple as a list of useful websites for cyclists (e.g. British Cycling, Cycling UK or Sustrans) or a full colourful brochure, see an example here.
Enhance your cycle parking with a ‘Pit stop’ box with bicycle pump, basic bike repair tools, spare inner tubes and puncture repair kits. Don’t forget to promote this great resource on your site!
Offering High Vis clothing to staff or offer little extras such as lights especially for those working on night shifts or when the days get shorter.
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 CyclingUK.
With a cycle purchase salary sacrifice scheme available to staff. Employer registration into these schemes is quick, easy and free!
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 this is a helpful tool to encourage new cyclists within the workplace.
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.