You may have noticed the rise of cycle lockers on the high street over the last five years, and this is another sign of how more people are taking to two wheels to get to work each day. Cycling has become more popular as people are looking for ways to save money on petrol costs, and as more of us ride to work, many employers have done their bit to make it easier to do this. For example, as well as having cycle lockers outside the work premises, they have installed showers and staff lockers to enable staff to get changed when they arrive at work.
The national cycle to work scheme has been trying to persuade companies to make minor changes which will encourage more people to get out of their cars and onto their bikes. One of the ways they do this is to ask employers to look at the workplace and see if it is possible to install a shower and storage lockers, as this is one of the reasons why people were initially reluctant to ride to work rather than go in their car. When a company makes these changes, staff are more likely to get on their bikes when they know they can get a shower and a change of clothes. Their cycling kit can be stored in the lockers – mesh lockers are ideal for this as they allow air to enter – and at the end of the working day they can get changed and cycle home.