When I used to cycle to work on Gray’s Inn Road in central London I was always pleased my office offered these facilities. The first and most important I believe was secure bicycle parking. While bikes outside were getting stolen or rusty from the rain mine was securely away in the garage. After hassling the security guards for long enough they even gave me a key fob so I could swipe in without having to wait for them at the buzzer.
Next there was showers. Not enough of them but none the less they were there. It feels ten times better arriving at work and been able to have a shower before starting. It also meant I could cycle faster without worrying about sweating. Plus the oldest trick in the book was saying hi to my boss so she knew I was there and then heading off to take a shower. What?! I’m in the office so its fine. Don’t look at me like that! Okay I was a bit of a slacker, anyway, you didn’t hear that trick from me.
Finally my office offered lockers. Plenty of them to put my shoes in. They even had big lockers to hang my suit up. Pretty great really.
What I’m really interested to hear from everyone is the following:
- What kind of facilities your office offers?
- If it doesn’t offer any of them then how do you cope without them?
- Have you ever tried to convince your office to add them and was it successful? (They can get £1000 match funding for providing these facilities)
- (If you’re in the UK) Does your office participate in the cycle to work scheme?
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