As previously blogged I don’t expect a dedicated drying room to encourage anyone to switch to cycling, but it shows that my company continues to take cycling seriously, even if only a few of its employees do, and it will make the lives of the existing cyclists a little less unpleasant. There’s few feelings worse than donning wet gear at the end of a working day.
I was taken on a tour of the facilities and the term drying room is a bit of a misnomer, as its drying capabilities look limited to a single 13 amp fan heater. However we have no alternatives such as radiators around the offices and it does address the main issue of space for drying kit, removing the risk of damp and dirty stuff infecting clean clothes.
This morning I pointed this problem out to the owners of 6 towels (none of them mine as I forgot to being one today) 3 pairs of trousers and 2 suit jackets all of which I thought had not moved since before the Christmas break.
I’m not going to push the lack of warmth in the new facilities as there are other requests that are more likely to make a difference to cycling and benefit more people. The first of these is an Emergency Ride Home scheme which I will be proposing to our Executive when I present my CSR plans for 2011 next week (gulp!).
JMP, the transport planning consultants advising Exchange Quay Management regarding their travel plan, sent me details of a business case supporting the adoption of a scheme where anyone who travels to work by means other than their own car can claim the cost of a taxi ride home in the case of an emergency. The EQ travel survey last year suggested that such a scheme might overcome the barrier of car sharing or taking public transport or maybe even cycling. A case study of a company who had adopted such a scheme stated that only £15 had been paid out over a 4 years period. I’ve got agreement that the Manchester site can pilot such a scheme for the rest of Sage, let’s hope it can be agreed locally and implimented.
The drying room still needs finishing off. There’s a pile of stuff left over from our office refurbishment which is preventing the work being completed and signed off. A couple of cubicles which will spare us the temptation of ‘looking at each other’s junk’ as Hendo so eloquently puts it, and lockers will offer space for cycle tools, kit and essentials such as a spare towel.
I’m looking forward to cutting the ribbon and declaring it open.