Showers and lockers, pool bikes
A shower room is a good way to help cyclists cycling in from more than 6-7 miles, especially if you provide towels and hairdryers.
Some workplaces arrange cyclist-friendly deals with a local gym to use their facitlies.
A recent survey by clothing company Rohan found that 90% of people polled said they would consider cycling to work if they could freshen up before getting to their desks.
A changing area is also useful, (instead of or as well as showers), and places to hang clothes and freshen up can be a good compromise.
Lockers for users to store items such as helmets, jackets and panniers away from the main working area can be a large incentive to promote cycling.
Pool bikes and tools
A workplace bike pool provides well-maintained bikes and equipment for employees to use, typically, for work-related trips, such as travelling between sites and visiting clients.
Even people who might not want to ride to work every day will often jump at the chance to use a pool bike for a meeting – it’s more fun than the tube.
They will also appreciate the fact that someone else is looking after the bikes and keeping them in good shape.
Your local bike shop will be able to advise on arranging bike checks and services to make sure they’re in good working order.
A communal toolkit is a cheap incentive to encourage cyclists.
It can be really helpful for minor repairs when you find you’ve forgotten a pump, a spanner, or just a patch for a puncture.
A decent toolkit can be put together for under £50, or just by asking cyclists to donate any spare tools they have lying about.
It’s also a good idea to include a book on simple repairs for people who might not know what to do with these things.
LCC’s section on Cycle Maintenance is a good place to start if you don’t know what you need – follow the link on the right.