Cycle-friendly employers and cycle commuting (Cycling UK views)
- The 2011 Census reported that 741,000 working residents in England and Wales aged 16 to 74 cycled to work - 90,000 more than in 2001. Over those ten years, however, the proportion of working residents who commuted by bike struggled to rise above 2.8%.
- The number of people living in London who cycled to work more than doubled in ten years from 77,000 in 2001 to 155,000 in 2011. In Cambridge, 29% of working residents cycle to work - more than anywhere else - but for 29 other local authorities, this figure is 1%.
- On average, employees who cycle-commute take at least one day p.a. less off sick than colleagues who do not cycle to work, while car commuters are at least 13% more likely to feel constantly under strain or unable to concentrate than those who cycle/walk to work.
- It costs the giant pharmaceutical company GSK in West London about £2,000 a year to maintain one car parking space. The same space could accommodate eight bikes.
- 92% of GSK’s cycle commuting staff say that their health is improved as a direct result of the support they receive from the company to cycle to work. 74% say that they are more productive and 73% believe they are more motivated.
Cycling UK View (formal statement of Cycling UK's policy):
- Employers should recognise the health, environmental and economic benefits of promoting the use of cycles for commuting and work purposes.
- Actions that employers should take include:
- making cycling an integral part of a Travel Plan
- paying the full, tax-free cycle mileage rate
- subscribing to other tax incentives (e.g. the Cycle to Work scheme)
- incentivising cycling through workplace challenges, events etc.
- providing good quality facilities (e.g. cycle parking, showers and lockers
- supporting a bicycle users group (BUG)
- supplying ‘pool’ bikes
- Employers should not be discouraged from promoting cycling because of liability fears, neither should they make cycle training or wearing a cycle helmet a prerequisite for cycling on business.
See also Cycling UK's guide to becoming a cycle-friendly employer.
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Publication Date:January 2016