Becoming a cycle-friendly employer

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Becoming a cycle-friendly employer makes sense. Encouraging cycling helps tackle the business costs of congestion, reduces an organisation's impact on the local and wider environment and even attracts some tax incentives. What's more, it's likely that levels of absenteeism will drop.
It makes sense for employers to welcome people who cycle to work

Liability fears

Some employers' are reluctant to promote cycling actively because they - or more probably their Health and Safety advisers - are worried about liability issues. 

Firstly and most importantly, cycling is not an unduly risky activity - a point we back up in our briefing on Road Safety and Cycling

Secondly, CTC argues that it is not the employer who's putting people at the risk by promoting cycling; instead, the threat comes from hostile road conditions (e.g. bad driving, poor infrastructure etc). In fact, by encouraging cycling rather than driving, employers are making road conditions safer because cyclists do very little harm to other road users.


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