Mobility and Transport

Clean transport, Urban transport

2.2 Provision of facilities at workplaces

2.2 Provision of facilities at workplaces

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Overview

The provision of bicycle facilities and equipment at workplaces is key to fostering a cycle-to-work culture. They can address concerns related to the security of bicycle parking and equipment storage, as well as concerns regarding weather conditions on the journey to work.

Considerations for applicability

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Level of cycling

Workplace cycle facilities are applicable to all cities, irrespective of the level of cycling. When combined with information and awareness campaigns that promote cycling as a safe and effective commuter transport mode, workplace facilities can be an effective initial cycle measure for cities with a low level of cycling.

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Urban layout/topography

Workplaces should provide appropriate facilities according to the needs of cycling commuters. Where hilly topography results in a higher use of electric bicycles and pedelecs, charging points could be provided. Where cyclists may commute over longer distances, workplaces should provide showering facilities.

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Population

The provision of facilities at workplaces could also extend to universities and other educational institutions, subsequently improving cycling conditions for students. Where the provision of workplace facilities encourages the uptake of cycling for work trips, individuals may also consider cycling for other trip purposes.

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Finance Resources

Facilities at workplaces require low to medium investment from the company or employer. Costs for parking will depend on the scale and level of quality. Combining facilities installation with the introduction of moderate parking charges can raise sufficient revenue to overcome the initial investment.

Cities can encourage the provision of workplace facilities through low- cost measures, such as information provision, consultation and campaigning. More costly measures, such as direct subsidies for the installation of bicycle parking facilities, are also effective.

High-quality bicycle parking facilities, installed by the TU Graz, cost around €750 per space. However, price levels for simple solutions start at around €100 per space.

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Time & Human Resources

The time and human resources required, from planning through to installation, depends on the characteristics of the companies and the facilities chosen for implementation. For example, the construction of an underground cycling garage requires much more time than the installation of a simple cycling rack shelters. Although planning and installing may require significant time and human resources, maintaining the facilities requires little effort.

Measure impact highlight

Public transport, bus and cyclist  Modal share

The provision of cycle facilities at workplaces can directly lead to an increase in cycling modal share, by encouraging more employees to commute to work by bike.

Note: An overview of the direct and indirect impacts resulting from correctly implemented cycling measures is available in  Challenges that cities face and how cycling can address them

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