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Cycling Safe: The Benefits of Cycling to Work in a Post-Covid-19 World

cycling to work in a post-covid-19 world

We’ve baked all the cakes, played all the Skype quizzes, and frankly, our DIY rib-stitch sweater / first novel / oil-paint masterpiece is starting to get the better of us. As the UK slowly eases out of lock-down, a sizeable percentage of British workers find themselves simultaneously relieved and daunted at the prospect of returning to work.

Those working in retail, education, healthcare and manufacturing to name just a few industries, will begin to head back to their places of work within the next few weeks and thankfully, many companies are looking to make the transition as safe as possible.

For most businesses, taking precautions means consistent signage, socially distanced workspaces and employee rotation schemes. Many businesses based in London are extending their staff welfare to cover employee commutes, and this means finding alternatives to public transport.

The Government have already announced a £2 billion plan to encourage people to walk or cycle after the lock-down and TFL’s future predictions only help to deter commuters. Transport for London state that in order to maintain proper social distancing, they will only be able to carry around 13-15% of the normal number of passengers on their tube and bus networks.

With all the encouragement, cycling or walking to work is becoming a more obvious and reasonable option for both employers and employees, and Londoners are rediscovering the simple joy of getting on a bike.

Thanks to new cycle lanes feeling the wind on your skin before work is safer and less stressful. Cycling to work means that people are packing in their daily exercise and de-stressing with a leisurely cycle home after work. Of course, given the current climate, cycling serves a much more important benefit and that’s keeping people off busy public transport where germs can easily spread.

Giving employees a safe and simple alternative to their commute is high on the agendas of many companies as people start to return to work, and organisations like Dash are ready to help pedal.

David Watkins, Co-Founder of Dash is working to bring the company’s nifty bike subscription packages to caring companies.

“At the moment we’re helping smaller companies and tech firms. A lot of people are adopting a new style of working from home, but a lot of the time big decisions can’t be made over Zoom – people need to be sat around a physical table.”

cycle to work with dash rides

 

Dash recently teamed up with Brompton to provide bicycles for organisations as an alternative to public transport. Previously, the partnership helped Imperial College’s vaccination team get to their Paddington labs by providing handy foldable bikes for their essential journeys.

A keen cyclist himself, David is acutely familiar with the pros and cons of cycling through London’s busy streets. Dash’s fleet packages include a variety of different cycling options to suit the user: foldable for those who need convenience, electric bikes for those who like to avoid getting too sweaty before work, and cargo bikes for carrying goods.

With many companies looking to make working from home a more acceptable option, employees are happily embracing a potentially longer, self-fuelled commute into work, safe in the knowledge that they may only have to commute to work once or twice a week. London bike shops have been inundated with customers who, encouraged by Government investment and messaging, are keen to adopt a safe, clean way to get to and from work.

If you’d like to know more about Dash and what they do, you can find out more on their website. You can also find out more about cycling to work by visiting the Direct Gov website.

If you’re keen to get on your bike, why not ask your employer to help make your commute safer with a new cycle to work scheme. Talking of which, you can find some great cycling offers by visiting cyclescheme.co.uk.

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