Six million Americans commute to work by bike. Yet, another 21 million have indicated that they would bike to work if their employer offered certain amenities such as secure bike parking.
As a bicyclist you may be one of those 21 million people who want to commute back and forth by bike to work but wonder, “How can I get my employer to install bike parking so that I have the piece of mind needed to commute by bike on a regular basis?”
One of the best and most direct ways is simply to ask—believe it or not employers are usually open to employee suggestions. This can be done by either dropping them a note like the one below, or just sitting down and talking with them.
Rally the Troops
For a stronger argument, you may want to do some research within your company to find out if other employees will support your cause—there’s power in numbers. You may even want to develop a locker user waiting list. One or two requests usually aren’t enough to prompt executives to take action, but if you get enough people to express their support, they may at least consider it.
Highlight Bike Commuting’s Cost Effectiveness
Bicycling is the least expensive mode of transportation. Each and every car parking space costs the employer, on average, $10,000 in design, construction, maintenance, property taxes, and site insurance. Nine Cycle-Safe bike lockers can fit into one car parking space—enough parking to hold eighteen bikes! What’s more, some areas offer tax breaks, and recent legislation allows for as much as 95% of bicycle or pedestrian projects to be federally funded!
Riding a bike also improves the health and fitness of employees and reduces stress. Health insurance rates may be significantly reduced with healthier employees, bicycling employees average fewer medical expenses, live on average two years longer and miss work 15% less. Check out these two articles:
- New Research Indicates Cycling To Work Has Extraordinary Health Benefits
- Bike to Work Day, Employer FAQs
Let Them Know Who Else is Doing It
Find out what other companies in your industry are providing their employees with secure bike parking, or similar types of amenities. Employers are more likely to add a benefit if competing companies already offer it, otherwise they will be left behind when they are looking for new employees as many young professionals imagine secure bike parking as part of the ultimate job package.
Employers frequently pay for employee automobile parking, company cars and mileage, so why shouldn’t they provide bike parking as well? According to the IRS, operating a car costs 54.5 cents per mile, on the other hand the cost for operating a bike is estimated to be a 42 cent societal gain per mile. What’s more, employers may be eligible for some of the vast amount of funding that is available for bike and pedestrian projects, requiring them to spend little or none of their own corporate funds to install Cycle-Safe bike parking. The federal government and some states also offer parking cash outs as an incentive to bike to work.
LEED Points and Bicycle Friendly America Rating
CycleSafe’s bike parking products can also add valued points toward a buildings LEED certification, as well as for Bicycle Friendly Businesses by the League of American Bicyclists. Check out our Sustainability Commitment page to find out more about what CycleSafe is doing for the environment.
Bike Rooms Made Easy
Does your organization have a spare room, or unused space in a parking garage for bike parking? If so, perhaps you can convert it into a secure space for bike parking. Our specialists are experts at configuring bike rooms and maximizing their potential. Talk to one of our bike room design specialists today.