by Sarah Barth May 22 2016
But without the infratructure, is it worth the effort?
Heathrow Airport Personal Rapid Transport pods (picture- Ultra Global PRT)
Heathrow Airport has appointed the first airport Cycling Officer in the world,
with a particular focus of getting local staff riding to work and improving the infrastructure for them.
Ali Jafarey has been put in charge of the project – and his sights are set on the 16,500 local staff members who live within 5km of the airport.
Sustrans will be helping the project by giving training and advice on how to improve cycle routes.
Theo Panayi, Sustainable Travel Manager for Heathrow told Get West London : “We are looking forward to the partnership with Sustrans, which will make the airport’s cycle routes safer and more accessible, helping many of our 16,500 colleagues who live locally feel more confident about making the journey to the airport on their bikes.”
Plans include linking Heathrow’s existing cycling network with corridors running to Feltham , Chiswick , West Drayton , Hayes , Slough and Staines.
James Scott, Sustrans Programme Manager for Workplace Behaviour Change said: “Heathrow is the largest centre of employment in West London and is uniquely placed to deliver changes to the cycling experience our region.”
Mr Scott added: “Our one year cycle partnership project will help make cycling to work the easy choice for staff, enabling them to travel more sustainable and ease congestion and emissions in local road networks.
“I look forward to seeing the changes that we create to deliver a great cycling experience, and improve employee wellbeing.”
A study in February showed just one in 20 workers were cycling to Heathrow Airport who live 5km away , a figure which Heathrow’s business resilience manager Ray Fitzgerald labelled “pretty disappointing”.
This could be partly explained by the poor connections to the area at present.
Username [173 posts] 1 hour ago
They’ve correctly identified Heathrow is a massive employer and if they got a fraction of that workforce commuting by bike it would be a great result.
But it’s all about infrastructure. No amount of training, showers at work, bike-to-work purchase options, free hi-viz vests, or pretty poster campaigns are going to pursuade people to mix it with HGVs and white vans.
I don’t know the environs of LHR very well but I’m living in Zone 4 Perivale at the moment, I suspect cycling provision around LHR is pretty similar ie non-existant.
ibike [125 posts] 4 min ago
“Workplace Behaviour Change”? Like that’s going to work.
Just build high-quality cycleways and nobody will need to be persuaded to ride a bike.