If you ride to work then you probably have three basic requirements: somewhere secure to park your bike, a place to store your belongings and access to a shower.
You might think anything extra is just a nice bonus, but a real change is happening and end-of-trip facilities with all the frills are now all the rage.
Recognising the benefits of encouraging staff to use active transport and the growing number of people who are choosing to ride, more and more workplaces are providing VIP-style end-of-trip facilities to make commuting by bike an even better experience.
The evidence shows that the bigger and better an end-of trip facility is, the more people will choose to ride to work.
So what makes a VIP end-of-trip facility? Let’s take a look:
- LOCATION: The facility should be close to the workplace with the bike parking, lockers and showers all in the same place. No one wants to walk a long way in bike shoes or sneak through the office in a towel after a shower.
- WAYFINDING: People need to be able to find the facility easily, from both outside and inside the building. Signs, floor markings and directional arrows can help show the way.
- GOOD SECURITY: Good security is essential – people must feel comfortable leaving their bikes and belongings. Electronic locks and swipe cards can be a great way to control who has access. CCTV coverage of the bike parking can also give extra piece of mind.
- BIKE PARKING: A good mix of vertical and horizontal-style bike racks will enable the facility to cater for different types of bikes. Make sure the racks are sturdy and fixed well to the floor or wall. A roof can also help protect bikes from the elements.
- LOCKERS: There should be at least one secure locker per bike rack. They need to be big enough to store spare clothes, bike helmets, shoes, toiletries etc.
- SHOWERS AND CHANGING ROOMS – These should be clean and spacious with separate areas for males and females. Providing free toiletries and access to hairdryers and hair straighteners is a nice touch too.
- TOWELS: A towel service is a fantastic extra. It also means the facility won’t be cluttered by towels hanging up to dry.
- DRYING ROOM: A warm, well-ventilated drying room is great for both sweaty and rainy days.
- BIKE REPAIR STAND: A stand with a floor pump and some basic tools can help sort out simple mechanical problems.
- SPARES VENDING MACHINE: A vending machine stocked with essentials such as inner tubes, CO2 canisters and snacks can save the day.
- BIKE MECHANIC: Regular visits by a mobile bike mechanic can help keep bikes running smoothly
- WATER FOUNTAIN: A supply of cool water to keep drink bottles topped up.
- CHARGING STATION: Dedicated bike racks that enable people to securely charge their electric bikes.
In Perth CBD, the weakening rental market has highlighted importance of providing high quality end-of-trip facilities to make buildings more attractive to prospective tenants.
Landlords and building managers have responded by developing some excellent new and upgraded end-of-trip facilities across the city. The Bike Week team recently visited the end-of-trip facility at Parmelia House, St George’s Terrace. We were really impressed by the VIP frills! Check out the photos.
What are the end-of-trip facilities like where you work?
What else would you like to see?
The Your Move team at the Department of Transport hosted a workshop on improving workplace bike parking facilities. As part of the workshop we toured Parmelia House’s VIP facility. Your Move is a free, comprehensive personalised program providing information, materials and support to encourage individuals, workplaces, schools and communities to walk, bike and use public transport more often. To find out more go to www.yourmove.org.au.