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Workplace cycle facilities

If you want your employees to cycle to work you will need to ensure they have changing facilities and somewhere to store their bikes.

Cycle parking

The first thing to consider is the cycle parking available at your site. Parking for staff needs to be covered, secure and ideally overlooked. If you are serious about promoting active travel the cycle parking shouldn't be hidden away in a corner of the car park, make it visible!

It's also worth having some short-stay parking for visitors and customers. Sheffield stands are inexpensive and easy to install. 

Long-stay parking depends on the limitations you have on site, how many staff you expect to use it and the budget available.

The most simple solution is bike lockers. Vertical bike stores are not recommended as they can be difficult to use.

For most lockers, users would provide their own locks but you can get some that use a keypad. You could use the lockers as a marketing opportunity, provide branded locks or use the lockers for advertising space. 

Free cycle storage may be available from Park that bike (opens new window)

As an alternative, you could provide a secure cycle parking area. These are often a cluster of cycle racks or stands in an enclosed structure. These are usually accessed by a keypad or proximity card. 

Changing facilities

Cyclists will need somewhere to freshen up and store their gear. This can be a smaller changing room, depending on demand a shower or two and a changing room with a few lockers might be enough. If cyclists are showering, they will likely need somewhere to dry their towels, so bear this in mind. Some workplaces choose to provide hairdryers and straighteners, while others keep things simple.

Talking to cyclists in your workplace will give you an idea of what they need and will encourage new cyclists too.