IES Awarded Funding to Get More Staff Cycling

By Karen Duffin on Tuesday 25 September 2018

IES has been awarded almost £9000 by Cycling Scotland to encourage more employees to get on their bikes.

The Cycle Friendly Development fund, delivered by Cycling Scotland with funding from Transport Scotland, promotes cycling as a healthy, sustainable and accessible way to travel to work.  

We will use the funding for projects that encourage our staff and visitors to travel by bike, including:
•    A pool bike scheme
•    Installation of an additional bike shelter
•    Additional drying and locker facilities
•    Improved on site showering facilities

IES joins over 40 other cycle friendly employers from the private, public and third sectors who have been awarded funding. The 100 employees at IES’ Glasgow HQ are part of 52,000 staff across the country, including those at Glasgow Airport, Jute Properties and Booth Welsh, who can now look forward to initiatives helping them cycle to work more easily including showers, repair stations, Dr Bike maintenance sessions, hairdryers and safe cycle parking. 

Lorna Celnik, Head of HR at IES said: "As a company, our mission is to reduce the carbon emissions of buildings and communities worldwide. Furthermore, we are committed to reducing the environmental impact of our own operations, including staff travel. Our Glasgow office location links to the national cycle network and already over 10% of our employees regularly cycle to work. Following a recent staff travel survey, we realised there was potential to increase cycling participation, since almost half of employees live within a 5 mile radius of the office. We are delighted to have been awarded this support from Cycling Scotland, which will help to remove some of the current barriers experienced by staff, including safe bike parking, changing and storage facilities."

We’ll be keeping you posted on our progress, so watch this space for further updates coming in due course!