Nearly 30 million adults are employed across the UK. Boosting the number of people who cycle to work presents a huge opportunity to unlock the many benefits that increased levels of cycling will bring.
Currently only 3% of trips to work are by bike, despite the fact that 44% of commuters live within five miles of work – about a 20 to 30 minute bike ride.
In our congested streets people’s journeys could be much quicker and healthier if made by bike. And the desire is there. A survey Sustran's commissioned from YouGov revealed that 40% of non-cycling commuters would cycle to work if they could. That’s a lot of car journeys that could be taken off our roads, easing congestion and the economic drain of traffic-jams on our businesses.
That’s why 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.
This would include things like:
- bike parking and showers
- access to bike purchase schemes
- support in finding a safe route to work
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, a ‘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.
Please show your support and call on governments to create a cycle-to-work standard by signing the petition: www.sustrans.org.uk/cycletowork
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