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Get Cycling to Work

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on October 13th, 2010

Source: The Ecologist

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From “Pedal power: ditch the headaches and cycle to work” by Juliet Kemp:

Commuting to work by bike is easier – and the reasons not to do it flimsier – than you think. Here’s our guide to dealing with the excuses and improving pedal power in your workplace.

You arrive at the office on a Monday morning, cheerfully invigorated from your cycle ride in, and run into a colleague. ‘Oh, I drove past you on your bike this morning,’ she says. Then, inevitably, you’ll hear: ‘I don’t know how you do it – I could never cycle in myself.’

If you’ve ever had this conversation, you’ll know that there’s a few reasons that people always give for why they wouldn’t cycle to work. The good news is that most of them can be solved, with a little help from your employer.

There’s a business case, as well as an environmental case, to be made for encouraging more people to cycle to work: a recent study estimated that increasing cycling by 20 per cent by 2015 would save employers £87 million by reducing absences, and that cycling to work reduces mortality by 39 per cent. Marshall some of the information from the article, recruit a few other office cyclists to work with you and get your management on board to bust those excuses.

Read the full article by Juliet Kemp, which addresses issues like security, road safety, employer options and bike loan schemes in the UK.

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