Business in the Community

Cycling is good for business

Cycling is low cost in comparison with driving or using public transport - and equally it's good for businesses too on many levels.  

Businesses that care about their impacts and reducing them - and leading the way in terms of Corporate Social Responsibility - are generally the enlightened ones that also wish to support their employees in cycling safely, healthily and comfortably.  

B&Q employees make use of Barclay Bikes for business meetings around London

Here is how some businesses and employees are benefitting -
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BSkyB incorporated cycling into their hugely successful CSR programme, ‘The Bigger Picture’ and now have up to 250 people cycling to work each day. Single occupancy car travel has reduced by 18% in 24 months making a significant contribution to BSkyB’s CSR commitments and making effective use of its very constrained car parking.

GlaxoSmithKline 2011  - Each cyclist not requiring a car parking space saves GSK £9,900. In a survey of the GSK House Cycling Group 74% state they are more productive and 73% believe they are more motivated – which also benefits the business

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service 2015  – during 2008/2009 staff cycled over 780,000 miles saving more than £100,000 in individual’s fuel costs

Forster - increased commuting by bike from 13% to 31% and business travel by bike from 0 to 10% in less than a year. Pool bikes are used daily and taxi bills have been reduced by approximately 10%. Having seen the benefits 2 customers are looking to introduce similar cycle schemes for their staff

Eversheds 2015 - In 2011, 650 journeys were undertaken by using the pool bikes, 7% of staff now cycle to work compared with 3.1% in 2007 and car mileage costs have been reduced

National Air Traffic Services Case Study  – was experiencing car parking shortages and developed a very successful travel plan which reduced sole occupancy car use from 80% to 66% in 14 months. Their Cycle2work scheme has encouraged 28 employees to stop driving to work completely – and these cyclists contribute towards the 120 spaces available for visitors

Workplace Cycle Challenge – Challenge for Change has, since 2009, been working with towns and businesses across the UK. In Swindon 853 participants cycled 37,180 miles of which 35,000 were for transport (non-recreational purposes). It is estimated they saved 3,157 litres of fuel and £3,630 in reduced motoring costs whilst burning 35 million kilojoules of energy.

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