Bike-sharing as we know it began in the 1960s but has grown in recent years. Today there are thousands of cycle schemes, stretching over five continents, and with good reason – bike-sharing helps tackle pollution and improves businesses by cutting down on car usage and making workers healthier.
Bike-sharing makes your business modern & efficient
Modern business is very different from the first gasps of commerce. Today employers have to care as much about their workers as they do about their profits – the two go hand-in-hand. Promoting bike-sharing is a way of promoting health for your workers and, by extension, your business.
Bike-sharing is a cheap way for people to get access to a bike to work scheme, with workers able to cycle into the office when they want to. Cycling is one of the best forms of exercise for you, your colleagues, and your employees:
- Cuts down the risk of heart disease.
- Improves brain power.
- Helps you to sleep better.
- Enhances your immune system.
- Boosts your mental health.
The reality is that businesses who promote a bike-sharing scheme benefit from happier, fitter, and smarter workers who are less likely to be ill. The result is that companies with workers who cycle are likely to be more efficient, more productive, and have a lower turnover of staff.
Bike-sharing also allows companies to tap into the cycling zeitgeist. Bikes are in — just check out tech-savvy AR aided For Pure Cycles, hipster bike cafes, and the Deliveroo-esque food delivery companies popping up everywhere. Bikes are a business opportunity that companies can tap into.
Bike-sharing helps the environment by reducing pollution
Without getting into coin sides of the global warming argument: motor vehicles cause pollution. Cars, motorbikes, trucks, vans, trains, ships, and planes are powered by fuels that burn carbon monoxide and damage the ozone layer. Bikes are powered by people or electricity, both of which create much less pollution than motor vehicles.
You can sum up the environmental benefits of cycling in these points:
- Bikes use zero fuel, whereas the average car (not trucks) create 1.3 billion cubic yards of polluted air during the course of its life.
- The production of bicycles causes much less pollution than in motor vehicle manufacturing (something that results in hazardous waste and pollution).
- Operating a cycle requires no oil, unlike cars, trucks, etc which need oil for the engine to run.
Societies that put their energy into popularizing bike-sharing schemes help save the planet by protecting the environment, preserving it for future generations. But do you know what else benefits from the eco-friendly qualities of bike-sharing? Business. If the environment collapses, people could die en masse, and without people, businesses have no customers.
Bike-sharing is more than just a way of saving money when traveling. It’s a way of making workers happier, healthier, and more productive, and of protecting the environment. If you or your company aren’t already in favor of bike-sharing, I suggest you get behind it now.