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Cycle Commuter

A good quality travel plan should be specific to an individual site; however, the principles of creating an effective travel plan are the same, whatever the location or nature of your company or organisation.

These include:

  • an assessment of existing travel patterns using staff travel surveys
  • business characteristics, for example size, location and number of people employed, hours of operation etc
  • development of an action plan with agreed targets
  • implementation of agreed measures
  • monitoring and review of results.

An action plan may include a wide range of initiatives such as;

  • walking and cycling challenges, or sustainable travel themed events and promotions
  • a commitment to improving cycling and pedestrian facilities such as secure cycle parking, safe site access
  • a dedicated bus service
  • a car park management using a parking permit scheme, or priority allocation for essential users or car sharers
  • a car club scheme as a pool car replacement
  • provision of pool bikes
  • a car sharing scheme
  • use of alternative fuelled vehicles for business travel such as electric vehicles
  • a review of staff travel benefits and introduction of new benefits eg bus or rail season tickets; salary sacrifice schemes for the purchase of tax-free cycles (see below); discount schemes for sustainable travel users.
  • provision of travel information and campaigns via company intranet, posters etc
  • introduction of flexible working practices such as compressed hours, home working
  • changes to working practices such as videoconferencing etc
  • providing a salary sacrifice scheme for staff to allow them to buy a tax-free bike. Employees can buy a bike and accessories (up to an agreed limit) and pay for it direct out of their salary (before tax is applied) over a period of 12 months, representing significant discounts on the purchase cost. For more information see scheme providers Cyclescheme or Halfords Cycle2Work scheme