Why cycle to work?

abbey_foregateCycling is a convenient, healthy and cheap way to get to work. On a short journey and at peak times it can be faster than travelling by car; you can park your bike close to where you work and parking is free.

It's flexible; you can cycle on the days when it fits in with other commitments, and you can combine it with train travel if you have a long journey. If you plan to do this regularly why not consider getting a folding bike.

Cycling to work means that you build exercise into your daily routine - so you save on gym membership as well as on petrol.

Using a bicycle to cycle to work might even allow you to give up your car and save lots of money. Read Jon King's blog about giving up his car.

Getting started

Choosing a bicycle

There is some advice here.  It's also a good idea to ask advice from a local specialist bike shop about the best type of bike for your journey to work.

Find out if your employer offers the cycle to work scheme, which means you can make big savings on the cost of a new bike. If your employer isn't signed up to it yet find out more on the Bike Hub website. Most of the Shrewsbury cycle shops support this scheme and you can choose your new bike from them.

Other equipment

For cycling to work you will need mudguards, lights, waterproofs and a lock.

A carrier rack and panniers (rather than a rucksack) are highly recommended, as is reflective clothing.

Wearing a helmet is a matter of choice. If you choose to, make sure you know how to fit it properly.

All these items can be bought through the Cycle to Work scheme if you are also buying a bicycle (but not on their own)

Choosing your route

The Shrewsbury Walking and Cycling map shows recommended routes for cyclists, including about 20 miles of traffic-free routes.

The cycle journey planner covers the whole of the former Shrewsbury and Atcham area and offers a choice of quickest, quietest or most recreational routes. On a bike you can vary your route so that if you have a bit of spare time, or the weather's nice, you can choose the recreational route home.

Ask other cyclists at your workplace for advice on choosing a route locally. You might find someone who lives near you and would be happy to cycle with you to help you get started.

What can employers do to encourage cycling?

Employers should provide secure, covered cycle parking for staff; and information for staff and visitors on local cycle routes.

Other measures to support cycling could include

  • Pool cars so that staff can cycle to work and use a pool car if they need a car for business journeys during the day.
  • A Bicycle User Group (BUG) supported by senior management so that staff can put forward ideas for promoting cycling and improving facilities. 
  • Showers, lockers and drying areas for waterproofs

workplace_packThe Cycle Shrewsbury workplace pack is available to download below. It contains advice and information about ways to promote cycling at workplaces. Please note that following the end of cycling towns funding (April 2011) some of the financial support mentioned in the pack is no longer available. Cycle Shrewsbury is still able to provide maps, assistance with cycle parking, and help with promotional events; please contact us to find out more.

Workplace pack downloads:

  1. Workplace pack contents
  2. A guide to cycle parking

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