Absenteeism costs UK employers £258 per day, with the average worker taking 4.5 sick days each year compared to just 2.4 days taken by people who cycle.
After launching their Support Cycling to Work campaign, Sustrans revealed that of the cyclists surveyed on the National Cycle Network, 68 per cent had taken no sick days in the last year.
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:
- adequate showers and bike parking
- access to bike purchase schemes
- support finding a safe route to work, such as maps and bike buddies
A government-endorsed ‘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, helping to unlock the economic benefits of a healthy, active workforce.
Sustrans Chief Executive Malcolm Shepherd said:
“Employers who encourage cycling can increase their profitability and have employees who take fewer sick days, but too many miss out on these benefits because they don’t provide decent facilities and support.
"It’s time to make sure all our workplaces are fit for cycling. Everyone should be able to cycle to work – sign our petition to make Britain’s workplaces fit for cycling visit: www.sustrans.co.uk/cycletowork
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