26 May 2016

You don't have to be an Olympic champion to cycle of course, and employees are increasingly being asked to consider using their bikes for the daily commute to the workplace.

In office for only a few days, Sadiq Khan has followed his predecessor as Mayor of London in pledging to encourage London’s businesses to get their staff cycling.

Companies that sign up to the new Santander Cycles Business Accounts scheme before 1 July 2016 will receive a 10% discount, he announced, as part of his plans to get more people cycling in London.

Meanwhile, Heathrow has become the first airport in the world to hire a cycle officer, with Ali Jafarey charged with getting 16,500 colleagues, who live within five kilometres of the airport onto their bikes.

He will lead a one-year cycle partnership between Heathrow and Sustrans the UK’s foremost cycling and walking charity.

Persuading employees to take up cycling is part of the airport’s wider campaign to reduce single occupancy car journeys, as well as related congestion and emissions. See www.heathrow.comfor more details.

James Scott, Sustrans Programme Manager for Workplace Behaviour Change, said: "Heathrow is the largest centre of employment in West London and is uniquely placed to deliver changes to the cycling experience our region. Our one-year cycle partnership project will help make cycling to work the easy choice for staff, enabling them to travel more sustainably and ease congestion and emissions in local road networks."