Reasons for Employers to consider making the investment of supporting bicycling among employees.
- Exercising before work raises an employee’s productivity by an average of 15%.
- Cycling will reduce health care costs: Cyclists, on average, live two years longer than non-cyclists and take 15% fewer days off work due to illness.
- In England it’s claimed more facilities making it convenient for people to ride to work would save UK businesses £13bn through reduced sick days and boosted productivity.
- Statistics show that non-cyclists take two more sick days per year.
- Studies show a 4-15% increase in productivity, and 27% fewer task errors for physically fit employees.
- Staff members who cycle are more punctual. Absenteeism can be reduced by up to 80% by encouraging cycling to work.
More specifically, health benefits associated with physical fitness include:
- 11% reduction in cardiovascular risk
- Lower risk of breast cancer
- Better mental health
Cycling is, of course, only one way to achieve physical fitness. It does have its unique advantages, though. Surveys asking people why they don’t exercise have found that the top excuse is that people say they don’t have time. The second reason is that they don’t like gyms, and the third reason is that they can’t afford gyms.
Cycling to work addresses all of these concerns.
To sum it all up, “Cycle parking and showers in an office should be as common as a printer and a coffee machine and by introducing a ‘cycle-to-work standard,’ governments would be taking the first steps to making this a reality.”