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Clean Tech 1st June 2019 read more »
Pinching someone’s parking spot can be unwise, but Britain’s biggest bank has told staff their treasured perk must be sacrificed to help convert the country to a nation of cyclists. HSBC UK is replacing 90% of the 700 staff car parking spaces in its two new regional centres, and installing bike racks and changing rooms instead. The move is part of an eight-year programme worth between £80m and £100m, in which the bank’s 34,000 workforce will act as guinea pigs for a giant experiment to get Britons on their bikes. The bank aims to solve a riddle that has defeated ministers. It wants to discover why so many people will not ride a bike even when they know it is good for them. Sport England recently reported that the number of twice-monthly leisure and commuter cyclists on the roads had dropped 355,000 in 12 months. HSBC is seeking to enlist 1,280 staff to volunteer for a formal academic study to work out what is putting off potential cyclists – and to help increase Britain’s monthly riders by 2m next year. Researchers from Glasgow University and Edinburgh University will study employees’ activity levels, motivation, cardiovascular health and their number of sick days. Announcing the Cycle Nation Project this weekend, Ian Stuart, chief executive of HSBC UK, said: “Nobody gets a car parking space [at our Birmingham HQ] unless they have a disability. It won’t suit everyone and I understand that.” He added: “I am not a fanatical cyclist. I don’t own Lycra.” The bank will spend more than £3m this year installing bike racks, showers and offering electric bikes to its staff, but the sums are dwarfed by its sponsorship of a programme to involve the public, in partnership with British Cycling, the national governing body. A programme of city centre rides is expected to attract more than 100,000 people.
Times 2nd June 2019 read more »