Businesses encouraged to install free cycle parking

Published Tuesday, 10th March 2020

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Businesses in South Essex are being asked to encourage their employees to travel more sustainably by installing cycle parking on their premises.

The ParkThatBike scheme is part of a wider campaign by ForwardMotion to get more people out of their cars and using bicycles, walking or public transport.

Bike hangar storage units, worth £2,900, are available for free. The lockable bike hangars provide weatherproof, secure storage for four cycles. Organisations pay only £300 for delivery and installation.

Sheffield-type cycle stands, heart-shaped stands, wall-mounted rails, PlantLocks (a combined planter and bike rack) and free-standing ‘toast-racks’ are also available. Organisations can apply to have up to four cycle stands free of charge. Applicants are asked only to arrange installation themselves. ParkThatBike provides instructions for installing the bike stands.

Cllr Ron Woodley, chair of the South Essex Active Travel Sponsoring Board, said: “I think this is a great initiative to encourage local businesses to in turn, encourage their workforce to think of alternative and more sustainable transport methods. I would urge businesses to consider these for their properties to help promote sustainability and enhance the health and wellbeing of their staff.”

Neil Blewitt, is Managing Director of Cantel Medical (UK) in Shoeburyness, who have already had a bike hanger installed. He said: “Cantel is dedicated to improving employee health and wellbeing. Having a bike hangar installed on-site is a positive step in our plans. Thank you to ForwardMotion and ParkThatBike for this fantastic scheme.”

ForwardMotion is a collaboration between Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Essex County Council and Thurrock Council, and funded by the Department for Transport. The goal is to enable newly recruited employees, jobseekers and students to access jobs, education and training opportunities in south Essex and boost cycling, walking and use of public transport.

You can apply for a bike hangar or bike stands on behalf of your business, by phoning 01594 564 344 or on the Park That Bike website.