Cycle-to-work project gets more office staff on their bikes

A ground-breaking project, developed to increase cycling to work among office staff, resulted in participants spending 150 minutes less time per week using their car, according to new published research.
Staff were encouraged to cycle to workStaff were encouraged to cycle to work
Staff were encouraged to cycle to work

The details of the Cycle Nation Project (CNP) – led by the University of Glasgow in collaboration with British Cycling and HSBC UK – demonstrates a successful workplace-based intervention to increase bike use among office staff, with workers cycling three times more per week on average.

The project – led by Professor Jason Gill and Professor Cindy Gray from the University of Glasgow – explored the barriers to cycling to work in a survey of UK adults.

The project follows Professor Jason Gill’s 2017 BMJ study of over 263,000 workers, which found that cycling to work was associated with a more than 40% lower risk of developing heart disease and cancer.

The resultant pilot intervention for the Cycle Nation Project involved participants receiving a loan bike for 12 weeks (or their own bike serviced), and a nine-week cycle training course, which included interactive information sharing activities, behaviour change techniques, bike maintenance training, practical off-road cycling skill games and on-road group rides.