12 July 2017 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
UK businesses must offer better facilities for cyclists in light of the government's cycling growth targets, according to research published by the British Council for Offices.
In April, the Department for Transport stated an aim to double the number of cycling stages, defined as a change in the form of transport as part of a longer 'trip' (e.g. cycling to the train station before catching a train to work), from 0.8 billion stages in 2013 to 1.6 billion in 2025.
But cycling facilities offered by many workplaces are currently falling short of accommodating that increase - 16 per cent of office workers surveyed for the research say inadequate facilities are discouraging them from considering commuting by bike.
The research, commissioned by the British Council for Offices and carried out by Remit Consulting, finds that whilst 83 per cent of workplaces in the UK offer some form of bike storage, less than half (47 per cent) of this is covered and secure. Improved parking facilities could help to increase the numbers of those cycling to work - 16 per cent of office workers surveyed say better bike storage would encourage them to do so.
Many workplaces are also failing to provide other basic facilities for cyclists. The study reveals that just under half (45 per cent) of offices do not have showers, something that almost a quarter (24 per cent) of those workers surveyed report would encourage them to consider commuting by bike.
Overall, almost two-fifths (38 per cent) of office workers surveyed confirm that they would consider commuting to work by bike if their workplace had better or more facilities, demonstrating a clear need for UK businesses to cater to cyclists.