Advice and useful resources
Guidance on facilities, helping employees access a bike and route information.
Cycle parking, showers and changing facilities
As we continue to make improvements to cycling infrastructure across the region, demand is likely to increase for cycle parking in workplaces. Before you begin to encourage colleagues to travel by bike make sure your facilities are fit for purpose.
- Can your parking accommodate any increase in demand? As a general rule, you should provide a bike parking space for the maximum number of people you expect to need one on any given day, plus 50% to allow for growth once other employees start to see the benefits.
- Is it conveniently located, easy to find and clutter free?
- Is it well-lit and secure? Cycle parking that looks inviting and is under surveillance encourages people to use it.
- Is it protected from the weather? People don’t want to return to a bike with a wet saddle.
Where possible, provide showers and changing facilities. Lockers will help avoid unnecessary clutter around the workplace and promote health and safety.
Access to a bike
Travelling by bike is a cheap and convenient way of getting around once you have access to a bike. A great way of giving employees access to a bike is through a cycle to work scheme. These are likely to become more popular, so if possible, make sure yours is open all year round, and offers employees a choice of local and national retailers. Remember, many schemes now allow employees to access bikes and accessories over £1,000, making ebikes a more affordable option.
There are also many organisations across our region offering low-cost pre-loved bikes:
Many people will have a bike that simply needs a little care and attention to get it up and running. Running a bike maintenance session (sometimes known as a ‘Dr Bike’) will help get these bikes back on the road. Please contact us if you’re looking to organise a Dr Bike session for your staff, we can point you in the right direction.
You could also provide a fleet of pool bikes, which people can borrow before committing to buying a bike of their own or can be used for people to make journeys during the working day.
Finding the best routes
People who are new to commuting by bike may not know the best route to take. The shortest, most direct route on a bus or in a car is not always the best route to take by bike. Providing route advice for people will ensure your colleagues enjoy a stress-free commute. Look at mapping routes within five miles of your workplace, this is a gentle 30-minute ride for most people.
Fancy learning how to become a more bike friendly organisation?
We caught up with our expert panel on 24 September 2021 on the benefits of cycling, and the support available to help organisations become more bike friendly.
We were joined by:
- Gavin Wood - Project Advisor, West Yorkshire Combined Authority
- James Millson - Property Manager, CEG
- Fiona Heath - Pinche Pinche Mexican Restaurant and Takeaway
- Jodie Hearnshaw - Charity Manager, Airedale Hospital & Community Charity
- Hawarun Hussain - Transformation Programme Lead, South West Yorkshire NHS Foundation Trust
Check out the video below.
Cycle Scotland’s guidance on cycle parking (this guide also features advice on other bike friendly facilities too).
Take a look inside the best in class facilities at Kirkstall Forge, one of our gold standard Bike Friendly Businesses.
Access to a bike
There are several places to access a bike in West Yorkshire. Sustrans is maintaining an interactive map of bike shops that are currently open.
A selection of video resources on commuting by bike produced by British Cycling.
Sustrans has also produced a simple one page guide to commuting by bike.
If you’re thinking of updating or creating an intranet page on active travel, our Bike Friendly Business Thorpe Park has an excellent example for inspiration.
Setting up a bike user group is a good way of tapping into your existing cycle commuters, who can be a valuable resource in encouraging others to travel by bike.