Big Bike Revival now benefits businesses

Workplaces across England can benefit from Big Bike Revival free support
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Big Bike Revival now benefits businesses

Cycling UK launches dedicated support for workplaces across England through Big Bike Revival

The coronavirus pandemic has affected all our working lives in many different ways, with most businesses having to rethink and adapt working arrangements for their employees.

While a shift to home or remote working has enabled many staff to reduce their travel for work, others who have remained at work, or are now starting to return, are considering how they can do this safely. For many, that will mean avoiding public transport or improving their health and wellbeing.

To encourage more commuting by bike and support businesses in their recovery from coronavirus, Cycling UK is empowering workplaces to develop their cycle friendliness through their successful programme of free services, called Big Bike Revival.

Valuable free support

Big Bike Revival is one of Cycling UK's flagship projects, which so far has helped over 260,000 people begin or return to cycling.

Funded by the Department for Transport in England, the programme provides free support that enables people to ride their bike regularly.

This has been achieved by fixing up old and dilapidated bikes, providing training to build confidence, and signposting people to opportunities to ride with local clubs and groups.

Valuable support like this can also make a significant difference to businesses across England and their employees who want to cycle to work. A unique package of support has been designed for workplaces, worth up to £3,000.

The roll out starts in April with businesses applying for a package of support which includes:

  • Online cycle training webinars
  • Dr Bike sessions at workplaces
  • An evaluation of a business's current activities with guidance for improvements.

The services will help workplaces establish cycle friendly measures, or help improve and enhance what they already provide to staff.

Even small changes to support more cycling will bring huge benefits to workplaces

James Palser, Cycle Friendly Employer accreditation project manager, Cycling UK

Cycling UK's project manager for workplace support, James Palser, said: "Before the pandemic, many organisations were already on board with how beneficial cycling can be for their business and bottom line. However, due to coronavirus, it is even more crucial to rethink how they work, including their physical workspaces, support for staff wellbeing, and investing in changes that will aid sustainability and recovery.

"We can help approach these challenges in the best way, as even small changes to support more cycling will bring huge benefits to workplaces."

Any business based in England can apply to take part the grant programme, with selections made based on specific criteria. 

Find out more

While current grant applications are full, further funding will be released shortly, so get in touch with the team today via email to register your interest. 

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