Businesses celebrate improved cycle parking

West Yorkshire’s businesses are taking advantage of funding via CityConnect’s Bike Friendly Business scheme to provide much improved cycle parking for their staff and visitors. The first two businesses to have parking installed are Jacobs, in central Leeds, and Barnardo’s in Horsforth. There are more installations planned in the coming months.

At both organisations it was out with the old and in with the new, in a bid to attract more people to travel by bike. At Jacobs, the outgoing parking was recycled and will be used by Choices 4 All, an inclusive cycling project that is part of the University of Bradford’s Union of Students. At Barnardos, the old bike parking was replaced with new secure Sheffield stands, and they are also using funding to provide pool bikes for people to use on trips out of the office during their working day.

Cllr Keith Wakefield, chair of Transport Committee for the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, said:

“It’s great to see organisations continuing to take advantage of CityConnect’s Bike Friendly Business scheme, using the support and funding on offer to create more hospitable workplaces for people on bikes.

“High quality, well located bike parking is a crucial factor when it comes to people deciding whether or not they cycle to work.

I’m looking forward to seeing more of these installations taking place at organisations across our region and even more excited about seeing them full of bikes.”

Lucy Brooksbank, Jacobs’ Leeds head of operations, said:

We required additional bike facilities to be able to accommodate the increasing numbers of our employees choosing to commute to and from our Leeds office by bike.

The CityConnect grant funded new high-quality bike parking to increase our bike storage capacity, and a dehumidifier for our clothes storage area to allow clothes to dry out in wet weather.

The new facilities help us achieve additional, broader benefits of reducing carbon emissions and enhancing employee wellbeing through physical exercise. It is also great to see that our previous bike racks have gone to a good home and will help to promote cycling in Bradford.”

The Bike Friendly Business scheme is currently open to organisations across West Yorkshire. For more information, please visit: www.cyclecityconnect.co.uk/get-active/working-with-business/