Bikes are brilliant for business; they really are a win-win. Employees who travel by bike typically take fewer days off sick †. A majority of employers report that people who arrive at work by bike are more alert and are more productive ‡. And what’s more, if you’re a retailer, your bottom line stands to benefit, as people who shop by bike typically spend more in the long run than those who arrive by car.
What is a Bike Friendly Business?
A Bike Friendly Business is one that strives to create an environment in which travelling by bike is the easiest, most convenient option. It welcomes people on bikes by providing high-quality, secure cycle parking, as well as washing and changing facilities, and somewhere to store your belongings. It will provide a maintenance area with a selection of tools where people can tune up their bike before their ride home. The business will make available a range of information on how people can arrive by bike, such as local cycle route maps, and will actively promote this as its preferred option, providing commute by bike tips as well as offering ‘share the road’ resources for people who travel by car.
The very best Bike Friendly Businesses will offer their staff confidence-building training, bike-related social activities and will also provide a cycle to work scheme that offers tax-free bikes to employees. They’ll also benefit from a member of staff who is tasked with coordinating bike related matters and collecting employee travel statistics, all supported with dedicated budget for making improvements. They’ll offer a bike buddying service giving support to less confident cyclists and they’ll even provide pool bikes for staff to use on work-related journeys.
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† 2013 Commute and Exercise Survey commissioned by Sustrans www.sustrans.org.uk/our-services/where-we-work/workplaces
‡ Cyclescheme study www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cyclesafety/article4195874.ece