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Companies Should Increase Access to Cycling for Employee Wellness, Civic Goals: UK Report

As we’ve reported previously, many U.S. cities and workplaces are encouraging cycling as a form of commuting for both environmental and personal health reasons.

And as a guide, companies may want to look the UK.

Workplace Insight reports that “employers have a growing responsibility to provide staff with cycling facilities.”

The post states that “the British Council for Offices (BCO) launched a new report looking at the importance of offering better workplace facilities for cyclists.”

The statistics around increased participants is impressive:

“The number of people choosing to travel on two wheels is rising. Last year, figures from Transport for London showed that cyclists had reached a fifth of all daily tube passengers – a significant number given the tube sees up to four million passengers every day. In Manchester, which continues to grow as a key business and tech hub, the number of cycle commuters increased by 83 percent between 2004 and 2014. With city workers more focused than ever on leading a healthy lifestyle and the popularity of cycling at an all-time high, developers of office buildings are having to cater to the increasing demand for cycling facilities, which have graduated from a ‘nice to have’ to a key amenity, in order to secure forward-thinking occupiers.”

For companies – and for well-run workplace wellness programs – important lessons exist in the report.

Writes Workplace Insight: “Companies both big and small now have employee wellbeing high on their priority list as they look to attract and retain top talent – in particular millennials, who place a high importance on their health and happiness – and therefore, cycling facilities have become an essential component of many occupiers’ wish lists.”

The post concludes: “Wellness at work is an increasingly important aspect of the competition among businesses for top talent. It is imperative that owners and developers of office buildings cater to the increased demand for amenities such as cycling facilities, that allow employees to lead a healthy life, if they are to present themselves as a best-in-class place to work.”