Welcome to the first of the new regular Cycle Friendly Employers (CFE) column. Some of you may already know what we do, what we don’t do, and some of you don’t know anything about us at all. By way of an introduction, let me use this first opportunity to tell you what we’re about. Over the coming months, I will keep you updated with what’s going on in the various CFE projects currently running.
CFE exists to encourage and support cycling to, from and for work. I’m sure there isn’t any need to go into the ‘why’s’ of the benefits of cycling but, just in case… the main benefits we emphasise are to people’s health, the environment, and to a decrease in traffic, which all lead to a far healthier and a more attractive city. We operate as a network of employers in Cambridge who have introduced cycle friendly schemes.
We approach employers in addition to them approaching us. We encourage them to join our scheme and help them write a Company Cycle Plan or Green Travel Plan which they can use to explain to their employees why they want to reduce car-use, how they plan to do it and when. Ways to encourage people to cycle can be as simple as providing good cycle parking or a cycle mileage allowance, through to providing interest-free loans for cycle purchase and a pool of bikes. The scale is very broad. Interestingly enough, the cycle mileage allowance went up from 12p to 20p in the Government’s pre-budget statement on Wednesday 8 November. Once on-board, we encourage companies to stay in touch and invite them to Network Support Meetings. All support and advice is free.
CFE was set up in 1996 and was initially supported by the Activity and Health Forum, Cambridge City Council, Cambridge Cycling Campaign, Cambridgeshire County Council and the University of Cambridge. It is still supported by the above organisations but now also includes South Cambridgeshire District Council, Addenbrooke’s NHS Trust and the Government Office for the East of England. They offer support in monetary terms and advice through a Steering Committee.
In the next issue of this newsletter, I will tell you about the projects currently running and what we hope to achieve in the future. The current Cycle Friendly Employers are listed below, so you know who we’ve recruited so far. If you know of any companies who you think would or could be interested, you know who to contact! In the meantime, if you would like to talk about any of the above, don’t hesitate to contact me (01223) 712455 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Many thanks.
Institute of Astronomy
Addenbrooke’s NHS Trust
Cambridge University Press
Estates Management and Building Services, University of Cambridge
Cambridge City Council
University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate
Lanterpacht Research Centre for International Law
Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge
Department of Physics, University of Cambridge
Department of Anatomy, University of Cambridge
Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge
Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge
Anglia Polytechnic University
World Conservation Monitoring Centre
Cambridgeshire County Council
South Cambridgeshire District Council