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

Bicycle User Groups (BUGs)

Supporting an active BUG, or a group of employees who share an interest in cycling, will help an organisation  provide well for  cyclists.  In a large organisation, a BUG might meet regularly to discuss cycling issues; in a smaller workforce, an email list or dedicated noticeboard might suffice.

Some BUGs have stated aims, such as making the workplace more cycle-friendly; others are primarily for socialising or company on the ride home.

BUGs can:

  • Recommend traffic-free or quiet routes to and from work;
  • Provide tips on repairs and maintenance
  • Help novice cyclists by acting as 'bike buddies' on their journey to and from work
  • Order and supply leaflets/maps etc
  • Meet with management to talk about cycling
  • Organise rides, events, presentations etc

For more, see our guide to setting up and running a BUG.

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