Cycling and the Modern Workplace

Cycling and the Modern Workplace
In a survey done by the BCO (British Council for Offices) in 2009 they found
Cycling to work
■ Well over a third of the cyclists get on their bike to go to work every day (38.9%), and more than three-quarters (77.8%) cycle on three days or more.
■ ‘Fitness’ is the key motivator for cyclists, ahead of ‘enjoyment’ and ‘convenience’.
■ Although a fifth of respondents work in offices where there are no facilities for cyclists, more than twice as many (42.1%) have had facilities for over 5 years.
■ Showers are the most sought-after workplace facility, followed closely by lockers and safe cycle storage.
■ Safety is the main reason given by the non-cyclists for not cycling to work, followed by ‘lack of clear cycling routes/cycle lanes’.
Building for cyclists
■ The quality and availability of workplace cycle facilities influences the career choices of more than half of respondents.
■ An overwhelming majority of respondents (92.6%) say there has been an increase in demand for cycling facilities in the offices sector, mainly driven by occupiers rather than developers or investors.
■ Most respondents think that providing high-quality facilities is not significant to rental values, suggesting that the provision of cycling facilities is well on the way to being regarded as the norm.

SURVEY FINDINGS
CYCLING HABITS
Of the total respondents, only 3.8% do not cycle at all, while over two-thirds (67.5%) cycle to work.
Safety is the main reason given by the non-cyclists for not cycling to work (cited by five out of the six non-cycling respondents), followed by ‘lack of clear cycling routes/cycle lanes’ (half of non-cyclists). In practice, these two factors are not mutually exclusive.
Insufficient facilities at work, not being fit enough and the inconvenience/incompatibility with work requirements (e.g. needing to transport equipment) were also mentioned. Only one person stated categorically that they do not like cycling.
Of the cyclists, well over a third get on their bike to go to work every day (38.9%), and more than three-quarters (77.8%) cycle on three days or more.
Asked why they choose the bike over other modes of transport, most people ranked ‘fitness’ as the key motivator, ahead of ‘enjoyment’ and ‘convenience’. Interestingly, ‘saving money’ came only halfway down the list of suggested motivators, ahead of ‘dislike of crowded public transport’, ‘fresh air’ and ‘thinking time’. These results, however, should be viewed alongside the respondents’ cycling habits. For instance, while over two-thirds of the respondents cycle to work, an even greater proportion (80%) cycle for fun, with 20% of the total sample (i.e. 32 individuals who cycle for any reason) also taking part in competitive cycling.