Cycling has become an increasingly popular way of getting to and from work in recent years. Indeed, many employers now go out of their way to encourage their employees to embrace cycling as this form of transport is able to provide individuals and business organisations with a wide array of benefits.
Of course, the physical and mental benefits of cycling daily – a stronger immune system, increased physical fitness and an improved ability to cope with stress – are widely known. As well as being good for individual cyclists’ health and well-being, these benefits can also be advantageous to workplaces as a whole as offices populated with healthy, happy people tend to be good places to work.
Whilst having a fit and healthy workforce is a great benefit to any company, this is not the only advantage which cycling can afford. To be sure, there are a number of other benefits which firms of all means and sizes can receive if they encourage their staff to cycle to work. These include:
Encouraging employees to pursue healthy lifestyles and providing good facilities (i.e. secure cycle shelters) to those that are already cycling will help to maintain good staff morale. Having a happy and content workforce will help a company to reduce its staff turn-over and therefore save money on recruitment costs.
A less congested car park
More people cycling to work means there will be more space in the car park for drivers. This can lead to reduced travelling times at the start and end of the working day as people won’t need to wait around for so many vehicles to get in and out of spaces.
Better Corporate Image
It is fair to say that encouraging individuals to achieve a healthy lifestyle will help any company’s corporate image. Moreover, some companies may even obtain ISO 14,001 status (environmental management system) for their efforts.
Of course, the first thing a company needs to do to encourage employees to embrace cycling is to install a bike shelter. In general, companies should ensure their chosen cycle shelter meets the following criteria:
• Have ease of access and be close to the final destination – cycle compounds and shelters should not hinder anyone else’s access and comply with the
requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
• Be safe and secure – people should feel that their bike is safe when they are working. Having CCTV and additional lighting installed can help to discourage
thieves even more.
• Be easy to use and easy to maintain – appropriate spacing of bike stands will prevent cluttering and allow easy access to clean the area.
• Have a route that is as simple and non-obstructive as possible – there should be no barriers to its use caused by difficult road conditions or other safety
Shelters that satisfy these criteria will more than likely turn out to be excellent choices for companies that want to encourage their employees to cycle to work.