Bikes for Business

MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many bikes has TfL bought for businesses and organisations, which businesses/organisations are they and what is the cost per businesses/organisation?


Answer for Bikes for Business

Answer for Bikes for Business

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Via the Local Implementation Plans (LIP) process, in response to a bid from Richmond, TfL made an allocation of £10,000 to the borough in 2006 to pilot an initiative. This initiative purchased 36 bikes for distribution to 7 employers who are all now undertaking or have completed a travel plan. Organisations involved include Hampton Court Palace, London Wetland Centre, National Weights and Measures and RFU with an average cost of below £270 per bike including lights, locks and helmets.A similar scheme was run with 24 businesses in Southwark in 2004 where bicycles were leased for an initial 6 months with the option for the employer or employee to purchase after the trial period. The levels of bike use for work trips rose from 8% to 21% and the proportion of employees cycling to work rose from 9% to 22%. Businesses involved in the scheme highlighted a range of benefits including reduced costs, time savings, health and fitness improvements for employees, together with environmental and social benefits.