Bicycle User Groups (BUGs)
Things for BUGS to do
Admin and publicity
- Set up and maintain a database of members; and register any skills than might be useful to the BUG.
- Design a logo.
- Produce posters and a regular newsletter; publicise success.
- If your company has an intranet, use it.
- Set up a central noticeboard / leaflet stand / suggestion box.
- Arrange regular meetings, both with the relevant managers and with BUG supporters.
- Contact whoever is responsible for cycling at your local council. They may be able to help with any road engineering issues you have; or tell you about any work they're doing on business ‘travel plans’. Invite them to address a BUG meeting.
- Find out if there is a local CTC campaigner and/or cycle campaign group and involve them.
Resources and research
- Collect a library/leaflets on:
- cycle training
- the local area (procure an appropriate local map – if none, draw one up!)
- train timetables and information on cycle carriage
- tax incentives for both employees and employer alike
- cycle maintenance
- load carrying, cycle lighting and other equipment
- Find out more about your workforce via a cycling survey. What's stopping other people from cycling? How can the BUG help?
- Carry out a survey of your premises and surrounds - are there any access or infrastructure problems for cyclists? Are any of them curable, and if so, how?
Encouraging other people to cycle
- Ask your employer to take part in a Workplace Challenge.
- Set up ‘bike buddy’ schemes whereby an experienced cyclist rides to work with a novice until they feel comfortable about the route and more confident about their skills.
- Contribute to the development of a staff and/or company travel plan.
- Help arrange cycle training for anyone who wants it.
- Help arrange for the provision of ‘pool’ bikes, plus related equipment.
- Investigate your company's willingness to subscribe to the Cycle to Work Scheme, which offers employers of all sizes across the public, private and voluntary sectors a tax exempt cycle and cycle equipment loan scheme for staff.
- Develop incentives, e.g. vouchers / discounts at local bike shops
- Assess the need for cycle parking, lockers, showers, drying room, and work with your employer to supply them.
- Arrange events, e.g.cycling breakfasts (tax free benefit until 2013); rides; cycle maintenance sessions (your local bike shop might help); presentations.
- Affiliate your BUG to CTC by calling 0844 736 8451 for advice. Costs start from £50 per year plus a one-off £25 admin fee for BUGs with fewer than 250 members, £75 for more than 250 members plus the £25 one-off admin fee.