Sustrans is calling on governments to recognise the economic value and health benefits of cycling to work by setting a minimum standard of facilities and support that workplaces should provide for those commuting by bike.
- Malcolm Shepherd,
Chief Executive, Sustrans
A government-endorsed ‘cycle to work standard’ would help businesses to benchmark the level of facilities and support they should provide so more of their staff can cycle to work, helping them unlock the economic benefits of a healthy, active workforce.
Similar to the Cycle Friendly Employer Scheme in Scotland, the ‘cycle to work standard’ would give businesses access to advice on how to make their workplace fit for cycling and provide a recognised standard for their success.
Cycle Friendly Employer Award has engaged with and provided the focus, support and advocacy to improve the cycling environment of 383 employers across Scotland. 162 of these employers have achieved the Cycle Friendly Employer status covering 74,168 employees in total. The assessment process provides a bench mark and recommendations allowing employers to take specific positive steps to increase the uptake of cycling to and at work.
Everyone should be able to cycle to work – sign our petition to make Britain’s workplaces fit for cycling at www.sustrans.org.uk/cycletowork/petition
Just as workplaces offer free or subsidised car parking or season ticket loans, they should provide the facilities and support to help people cycle to work. These should include:
Employees taking too many sick days? Then get them on bikes