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The Work Cycle
Aside from the society benefits switching to cycling brings (health, congestion & pollution), research is now showing it is in the interests of business to get the workforce rolling on bikes.
For many years, cycling to work has been a focus of cycling promotions. Considering that 16% of all weekday journeys are for commuting to and from work this makes a lot of sense. However, a further 9% of weekday journeys (in Sydney) involve traveling on work related business. That’s millions of journeys each day that could be done on a bicycle.
Workplaces in Sydney (and other cities around the world) are now establishing bicycle fleets for work related travel to meetings, site visits, running errands, and sometimes for key operational requirements. Bicycles have a number of advantages for work-related travel. These include:
Establishing a workplace bicycle fleet can be a challenging. It’s important to have the right bikes for the type of travel that employees are going to be undertaking. Some workplaces have chosen electric bike fleets because distances and topography make regular bikes less desirable. Other businesses have choosen a folding bike fleet, such as ‘the office Brompton’, which can be seamlessly used with public transport and be parked in the office without the need of dedicated storage facilities. There’s a lot to think about in choosing a fleet bike and not all options are available from the closest bike shop.
When the introduction of workplace bike fleets begins to be discussed, employing organisations often have concerns about risk relating to areas from bike fleet maintenance to employee competency. Whilst these are areas need to be addressed, doing so can be relatively easy. BikeWise offer a suite of professional services to assist businesses looking to promote workplace cycle use. Our services range from in house information/ promotions presentations for employees; workplace cycle training courses ; independent consultationon infrastructure and fleet procurement, and fleet maintenance services.
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