Encourage your staff to cycle to work for Bike Week

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Encourage your staff to cycle to work for Bike Week

As offices open up across the UK, use Bike Week to support your employees to change the way they commute

One of the many dramatic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on our way of life was the shift to working from home, with many offices and businesses closing their doors entirely. Now, as we slowly emerge from a series of lockdowns, many employees will be looking forward to swapping the kitchen table or spare bedroom for their own desk, and endless Zoom calls for face-to-face meetings and sociable lunches with colleagues.

But we shouldn’t be willing everything back to the way it was. Instead, now is the perfect time to rethink the way we commute. With many people still concerned about cramming onto public transport, there’s a real danger that traffic levels will soar as the nation returns to offices. Cycling to work can solve that problem, taking cars off the road, easing pressure on transport networks and building valuable exercise into our daily routine – as well as providing crucial headspace after a year of virtual meetings has had many of us staring at screens for record amounts of time.

Bike Week runs from 30 May to 5 June 2021 with a focus on health and wellbeing. Cycling UK is celebrating all the amazing ways cycling makes us feel better: physically, mentally and emotionally. As part of that, we want businesses across the country to encourage their staff to cycle to work. There are lots of reasons this makes sense:

  • Healthier employees are happier, more productive and less likely to take time off sick
  • Promoting Bike Week is a great way to engage with staff and show them that you care about their wellbeing
  • Employees value working for companies that offer health-related perks, including cycle to work schemes.
  • A commitment to cycle commuting reflects well on you as a forward-thinking business.

Cycling to work can also make your employees wealthier, as well as healthier. Did you know that Cyclescheme estimates it could save them £3,000 a year? That's just one of the 20 reasons to cycle to work we have highlighted – why not share the article with your staff?

To encourage and support staff to cycle, how about hosting a bike breakfast, or rewarding them with an hour off to go for a ride during Bike Week.

For employers

We will be hosting a live session on LinkedIn at 11am on Thursday 3 June, entitled “How to attract employees back to work by bike”. This discussion will give tips and practical examples of how workplaces can become cycle-friendly as well as highlight the benefits to organisations.

As a conversational discussion, the session will ensure workplace bosses are aware of what they can do to support more staff to cycle, and showcase the support Cycling UK can provide to them. Email hq@bikeweek.org.uk to find out more, and for details of how to register.

For employees

Cycling UK is hosting a series of free online commuter workshops in and around Bike Week, covering topics such as basic bike maintenance, route planning and safe road positioning. Encourage employees to register on the Bike Week website.

Find out more

For more details of how you can take part in Bike Week as an employer, email hq@bikeweek.org.uk for an information pack. You can also find out about the benefits of employer membership of Cycling UK and Cycle Friendly Employer accreditation.

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