Sarah Barth July 8 2017
Four in ten office workers would commute by bike — if their workspace offered better facilities, a survey has found.
New research published by the British Council for Offices found that if the cycling targets set by the government are to be reached, businesses need to take the lead in making it easier for employees.
16 per cent of office workers said they were discouraged from the active commute by poor facilities.
83 per cent of offices had some form of bike parking, but less than half was covered and secure. 45 per cent have no showers, something that was important to a quarter of respondents.
According to Bikebiz, Remit Consulting director Neil Webster said: “As cycling continues to rise in popularity, ostensibly the most pressing issue for businesses will be finding the space for bikes, lockers and storage. However, research shows that the focus needs to be on the quality of the facilities offered, not just the quantity.
“Alongside safe storage and showers, there is a clear demand for towels, hairdryers and complimentary toiletries. This kind of service provision may not just encourage existing employees to cycle to work, it could also act as a market differentiator for prospective employees, and even have a positive impact on lettability.”