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