Zenopa has started a cycle-to-work scheme, aiming to encourage physical activity among our staff and reduce the cars driving into/ parking in our village.
To enable the best use and uptake of this scheme, Zenopa provides an electric bike, additional funds for safety equipment, maintenance contracts, and a bike rack on-site to ensure a safe and secure environment.
Through the scheme, we have managed to save 4 car parking spaces!
There are numerous benefits of cycling, including:
Improved physical health: Cycling is a great form of exercise that can help improve cardiovascular health, strengthen muscles, and increase endurance.
Mental health benefits: Cycling can also help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. It can improve mood and boost mental well-being.
Cost-effective: Cycling is a cost-effective mode of transportation. It can save you money on transportation costs, such as petrol, parking fees, and public transport fares.
Environmental benefits: Cycling produces zero emissions, which helps reduce air pollution and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions that contribute to climate change.
Convenience: Cycling can often be faster than driving in urban areas with heavy traffic, and it allows for more flexibility in route planning.
Social benefits: Cycling can be a social activity, providing opportunities to meet new people and participate in group rides or events.
In terms of CO2 emissions, cycling produces no direct emissions, unlike cars and other motor vehicles. According to the European Cyclists' Federation, a person who cycles 10 km (6 miles) to work every day instead of driving can save up to 1,500 kg of CO2 emissions per year. By choosing to cycle, you can make a positive impact on the environment and help reduce your carbon footprint.
Here are some tips for cycling to work:
Plan your route: Before you start cycling to work, plan your route carefully. Use a mapping app to find the best route that is safe, convenient, and takes the least amount of time.
Dress appropriately: Dress appropriately for cycling and the weather. Wear comfortable clothes that are easy to move in and make sure you have a rain jacket if needed.
Wear a helmet: Always wear a helmet when cycling to work.
Pack a bag: Pack a bag with everything you need for work, and use a pannier or backpack that is comfortable to wear while cycling.
Stay visible: Use lights and wear bright or reflective clothing to make yourself visible to other road users.
Follow traffic rules: Obey traffic rules, such as traffic lights, stop signs, and speed limits. Stay alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.
Be prepared: Be prepared for unexpected incidents, such as a flat tire or a sudden downpour. Carry a basic repair kit and a rain jacket.
Enjoy the ride and the many benefits of cycling to work. Cycling is a great way to start your day and arrive at work feeling energized and refreshed.
Zenopa is continuously improving the way we tackle sustainability in the workplace, upholding our vision to support our community by being proactive within our local area. This is just one of the many reasons it is a great time to join us, so why not apply today and help us make a difference?