£300,000 to get more commuters cycling
8 October 2018
We’re very happy to announce further funding to support workers across Scotland to get on their bikes.
The Cycle Friendly Employer Development Fund, financed by Transport Scotland, is now open and supports organisations across Scotland who have a vision to get their staff cycling.
In previous years, funding has allowed businesses to upgrade changing areas and showers, to install lockers and drying areas as well as pay for pool bikes, maintenance tools or cycle parking. This further £300,000 of funding will give more staff, visitors and commuters all across Scotland the chance to travel by bike.
With studies showing that cycling reduces stress, improves mental health and increases concentration levels, the development fund is a great opportunity for organisations to support happier and healthier workplaces.
The Scottish Association for Marine Sciences (SAMS) based outside Oban is one of the organisations who received funding in previous rounds. Dr Tom Wilding from the Association said:
“As a keen cyclist and environmental researcher, I am thrilled that Cycling Scotland will be helping us make much needed improvements to the facilities for our cycling community. We have over 300 people working and studying on our very beautiful campus, and already a good number of us cycle regularly to SAMS as public transport is limited. Cycling is one of the best ways to keep physically and mentally fit, and it also reduces our carbon footprint and reduces traffic congestion. Better facilities – especially changing/drying rooms – will encourage more of our staff, students and visitors to cycle and for the cycling culture to become more firmly embedded in our workplace.”
Businesses can apply for up to £25,000 and we encourage anyone who is interested to find out more.