Partner Blog from BROXAP - Cycling for part of your commute

Commuting long distances to get to work is fast becoming the new normal. Over 3.7 million workers in the UK are now travelling for more than two hours or longer every weekday in order to get to work. This vast amount of people comes from the fact that more and more of us are choosing to live outside of the big cities such as London, or Manchester and travel in for work. Many people who choose to make the commute decide against taking their car, and decide to take the train instead. And though this is the best option for both the environment and public health, they still need to get to the station in the first place.

Many people who catch trains on a daily basis choose to drive to the train station. This can cause heavy congestion around busy commuter stations. Due to this fact, 47% of those that use their car stated that they would much prefer to take an alternative means of travel, yet their car is by far the most convenient. However, is this really true?

Most people choose to commute via train, in order to avoid heavy traffic, especially on motorways and carriageways. However, as previously stated, by driving to the train station there is still a high possibility of hitting heavy traffic around busy commuter stations. Not to mention that all day parking on train station car parks can sometimes cost more than the train fare itself.

Therefore, it is a good idea to leave the car at home and take your bicycle instead. Cycling to the train station is highly beneficial. Not only is this environmentally friendly form of transport a great way for saving money, it can also drastically reduce your commute time, especially in heavily congested areas.

Travelling to and from the station is the easy part, and many commuters state that the reason they do not cycle to railway stations, is because they are unsure of what to do with their bicycle once they get there. Though many British trains do allow bikes on board free of charge, there is only limited space for bicycles on the trains. With the limit usually being around only four bikes per train, and these spaces have to be booked with a railway company in advance. As well as that, many London trains have actually banned bikes from boarding during peak, or rush hour times. Which you may argue are the key times when you would need to board with a bicycle. Therefore in order to encourage commuters to travel to the train station via bicycle, it is essential that more bike racks and cycle hubs are installed at railway stations. And many key stations across the UK are hearing your request.

In order to encourage more commuters to travel to work via a combination of both rail and bicycle many railway stations have begun to install safe and secure cycle parking facilities. This is because many railway lines are aware that by keeping your bicycle at the station rather than attempting to board the train with it, you are much less likely to face disappointment due to lack of space on busy commuter trains. Though many people argue that leaving your bicycle at the railway station reduces your travel options when you arrive at your destination, this is not necessarily true. Many experts suggest that commuters should keep two bicycles, one at the train station near your work, and the other near your home. This will allow you to cycle both to and from both stations, thus improving your entire commuting experience. For most people, this idea is simply ludicrous as two bikes is an expensive luxury.

Two bikes, however, may not be that farfetched. When commuting to big cities such as London or Edinburgh, there are plenty of bicycle hire services which are extremely inexpensive and can cost as little as £1 for a full 24 hours. Providing your workplace has a safe and secure cycle parking facility, this option is great as it enables you to safely and sustainably commute for the entire journey to work! Without having to cycle a four hour round trip each day, which one commuter chose over the prospect of boarding a train with a bike!

For more information on cycle storage and shelters visit https://www.broxap.com/shelters/cycle-shelters-cycle-storage.html

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