“Until we became involved with Sustainable Routes, bikes were just untidily propped up around the car park, which leads onto a main road,”

STS Defence

Thanks to the installation of a bike shelter, one company in Hampshire has seen a rise in the number of people cycling into work.

STS Defence Ltd was encouraged by Sustainable Routes to see the benefits to the business of sustainable thinking. Thanks to plenty of expert advice and the use of the online calculator on the Sustainable Routes website, the team at STS Defence Ltd saw that they could cut back thousands of miles worth of car journeys and tonnes of CO2 emissions with one simple change. This change was the installation of a bike shelter, which has encouraged more staff to cycle in to work.

Sustainable Routes captures the desire that a business has to be environmentally friendly and provides support that turns that desire into something tangible. The support that STS Defence received has helped to foster a legacy of sustainable travel at the company as more staff now cycle into work than ever before.

“Until we became involved with Sustainable Routes, bikes were just untidily propped up around the car park, which leads onto a main road,” said Alan Mackinnon of STS Defence. “Now that they have a safe place to store their bikes, there has been an uptake in staff members cycling into work. Now around 15% of our 150 staff do just that.”

All of which has led to a reduction of almost 7,000 miles in car journeys, plus with one-fifth of the workforce now using bikes rather than cars to travel into work, the reduction in CO2 emissions has neared 3,000kg. And as healthier, more active workers can often lead to a happier, more productive workforce, STS Defence and the environment are getting benefits they otherwise wouldn’t have received if it weren’t for Sustainable Routes.

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