More than 50,000 employees across Scotland are expected to benefit from new funding to promote cycling as a ‘healthy, sustainable and accessible’ way to travel to work.
Through the Cycle Friendly Development Fund, 41 employers from the private, public and third sectors have been awarded a share of £600,000.
The fund, delivered by Cycling Scotland with financial support from Transport Scotland, will be used for initiatives and facilities that encourage staff and visitors to travel by bike – including showers, repair stations, Dr Bike maintenance sessions, hairdryers and safe cycle parking.
Employers who are benefitting from the funding include the National Library of Scotland, Glasgow Airport, NHS Highlands and Scouts Scotland.
Michael Matheson, Scotland’s cabinet secretary for transport, said: “There are many environmental and health benefits that can be gained simply by choosing to cycle, and this funding will help reduce some of the local barriers that exist and encourage active travel.
“This support will progress our vision to develop an Active Nation, where more people choose to walk and cycle than ever before, by providing additional amenities to over 52,000 workers across Scotland.
Katharine Brough, head of behaviour change at Cycling Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to announce the successful employers who will receive funding to make their workplaces safer and more accessible for commuters to travel by bike.
“Cycling has so many benefits and creates a healthier and happier workforce and we work closely with our partners to help employers and other organisations encourage and support cycling.”