Sustrans: how employers can help encourage sustainable commuting

UK charity Sustrans is proposing a cycle-to-work standard setting a minimum standard of facilities and support that workplaces should provide for those commuting by bike. See

How do our employers in the EU institutions measure up?

Just as workplaces offer free or subsidised car parking or season ticket loans, they should provide the facilities and support to help people cycle to work. These should include:

Facilities for cycling
• secure bike parking – available in all garages.
• showering facilities – available in some buildings, should be extended to all
• lockers to store gear – available in some buildings, should be extended to all basic equipment to borrow like locks, lights and emergency waterproofs – not available

Support for cycling
• help with the cost of a new bike through the cycle to work scheme – not available
• maps and information on safe routes to work- available via EUCG, not employer
• bike buddying, where experienced cyclists buddy want-to-be cyclists- available via EUCG, not employer
• bike maintenance and support rides at lunch time, and bike breakfasts, to get to know the area – support rides and bike breakfasts available once a year during mobility week; no bike maintenance
• cycle training – was provided in 2007, 2008 & 2012
• incentivised business travel by bike – Commission has signed up for Bike to Work
• businesses providing pool bikes, including folding bikes – Several institutions provide service bikes

Overall assessment: pretty good, but could do even better!

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