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20 Dec 2023

The ACT office will be open as usual (9am-5pm) for the majority of the Christmas period, with some exceptions.

19 Dec 2023

Bira's CEO, Andrew Goodacre, took the spotlight on BBC Breakfast this week and later spoke with Nicky Campbell on BBC Radio 5 Live, shedding light on the rise in retail crime and shop theft,...

14 Dec 2023

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) has issued a new safety message, highlighting the steps people should take when owning or thinking of buying an e-bike or scooter.

13 Dec 2023

A bike shop that was created to provide jobs for ex-offenders leaving prison has now become a safe space for people to park their bikes.

11 Dec 2023

ACT member On The Brakes in Leigh on Sea, Essex is celebrating after being named independent business of the year in a local competition set up by a local MP to celebrate the “incredible...

11 Dec 2023

A controversial ban on e-bikes in certain pedestrianised parts of Coventry city centre has come into force, with the deputy leader of the council warning that riders can expect strict...

11 Dec 2023

Bike Europe has reported that “serious concerns” remain about the enforcement of a ban on the sale of e-bike chargers and conversion kits by one of the largest online sellers,...

11 Dec 2023

It has been reported that The Cycle Show, the major industry event held at London's Alexandra Palace and which this year celebrated its 20th anniversary, has fallen victim to the challenging...

30 Nov 2023

New research from Lime entitled “Tackling the Gender Pedal Gap” has most women facing barriers to cycling, including poorly lit streets and isolated routes. The report claims...

27 Nov 2023

Torq Zone Academy, a leading institution of vocational training in South Africa, has been re-accredited by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO), for another five years, to offer...

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Research in the US reveals the mental health benefits of cycling to work

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

A survey of 1,038 work commuters (363 urban bike commuters and 675 non-biking commuters) in the US conducted by ebike.org  has explored if there’s a difference in the mindsets and productivity levels of employees who cycle to work versus those who use alternate modes of transportation. 

worker commuting in London

The findings showed surprising advantages since bike commuters started cycling to work:

  • 70% more energy throughout the day
  • 51% report less stress during the workday.
  • 42% have a boost in job satisfaction.
  • 40% cite a rise in their drive to innovate.
  • 30% say they were less likely to resign in the next six months.
  • 27% experience increase in overall productivity.
  • $2,500 annual savings (an average of $48 per week) by not driving to work.
  • $15,000 higher annual salaries than commuters using other transportation modes.

“Getting your heart pumping and feeling the wind on your face each morning seems to set a very different tone for the day than sitting in stinky exhaust fumes,” according to the research team. Perhaps the positive set tone explains the other benefits such as beefed-up job satisfaction, increased job productivity and that biking gave seven in ten respondents energy boosts throughout the workday. These positive benefits combined also may explain the bump of $15,000 added annual income, according to the research team.

The average bike commuter in the study cycled four miles to work but admit they would be willing to commute an additional three miles. A total of two in three bike commuters say biking to work made them feel more connected to their city, and 54% were motivated by reducing their carbon footprint by biking. Nearly one in five bike commuters even factored distance into their job hunt and considered the inability to bike to work a deal breaker. Millennials proved 18% more likely than Gen Z to cite carbon footprint reduction as one of their primary motivations for bike commuting.

With all these advantages, the research team concluded that employers, struggling to retain talent amid “the big quit” and return to office mandates might want to encourage employees to adopt this energizing and motivating method of commuting. They suggest that employers can offer bike-related benefits to employees, like flex schedules to accommodate longer commute times, secure bike storage or shower facilities. But other than the mental health and financial benefits, what other reason would a non-bike commuter jump on the cycling bandwagon? The research team told me by email that 48% say a job closer to where they live would entice them to bike to work. And nearly one-third of non-bike commuters cite improved infrastructure in their city as motivation. Many also say that employer reimbursement for bike-related expenses (17%) and safe bicycle storage at work (14%) would be key factors.

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