The Royals Shopping Centre has recently introduced a series of bike stands for staff. Centre Manager and Ideas in Motion ambassador Dawn Jeakings has seen a real rise in the number of staff members cycling in, and has even started cycling to work herself. She says:
“The new staff bike parking has certainly created a buzz around the Royals, and it’s been great to see an immediate difference in terms of how comfortable staff feel about cycling to work.
“I know one member of staff who had previously had a couple of bikes stolen but is now happily cycling in four days a week knowing that her bike is secure while she’s at work. Although she has a car, she says she loves the freedom cycling gives her and the fact she no longer has to worry about finding a parking space!
“And a couple of other staff have also mentioned to me that they’ve started cycling more regularly because it saves them money and also keeps them fit and healthy. One said that because she lives further away, she cycles to the local train station and then gets the train into Southend before cycling the rest of the way to the Royals.
“It’s been great to support staff who want to cycle but need somewhere safe to keep their bikes, and they’ve actually inspired me to get back in the saddle and cycle into work at least a couple of days a week myself!”