At the March 2021
meeting of this Sub-Committee, it was agreed to request Officers to
develop a fresh package to boost sustainable travel by employees.
The Deputy Director – Policy and Strategy presented a report
on proposals to encourage employees to commute via cycling. In
summary, the following were recommended as the most feasible and
affordable options which are likely to cater for the greatest
number of staff:
• Guildhall –
conversion of former toilets adjacent to rear entrance to provide
shower and changing facilities. Provision of secure (lockable)
covered cycle parking within the car park. Total cost
• Crematorium –
reinstatement of existing shower facility (which would also benefit
grounds maintenance staff), purchase of outdoor storage facility to
compensate for loss of the storage area, and installation of public
bike rack with open shelter. Total cost £15,535.
• Sixways Depot
– replacement of the existing cycle locking facility with
more secure, easier to use ‘Sheffield’ cycle stands and
refurbishment of the outdated shower facilities. Total cost
• St Martin’s
Gate Car Park – provision of ‘Sheffield’ cycle
stands in the car park (utilising one parking space). Total cost
• Museum and Art
Gallery – existing facilities adequate, although capacity of
cycle parking post-Covid will be kept under review.
• Trinity Street
– no on-site facilities proposed due to lack of external
space. Alternative facilities at Museum and Art Gallery and
• Commandery –
existing cycle parking facilities are available. No additional
facilities proposed due to the nature of the building. Alternative
changing facilities available at Guildhall.
The total cost of
these recommendations was £50,000. In addition, it was proposed to offer free cycle
training (Bikeability) to employees to
increase confidence to cycle. This will be funded from the existing
corporate training budget as required.
Reports on other
aspects of sustainable travel to work, including public transport,
In the ensuing
discussion, a considerable number of questions were asked. In
summary, Officer responses were as follows:
Shower provision is just one aspect of a wider review of staff
facilities across the Council estate as this facility would be
beneficial to employees for a variety of reasons.
The cycle to work scheme is mentioned as part of the induction
programme but it is acknowledged that more can be done to promote
The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted on the number of employees
travelling to work and so the number of responses to the staff
survey was small. Officers have relied on examples of best practice
to establish what facilities to provide and are satisfied that the
package is appropriate.
It is acknowledged that bike storage facilities need to have
adequate lighting as they will be used not just in daylight
Consideration can be given to providing storage facilities at the
Cornmarket public car park for Trinity House employees. There are
lockable storage spaces for staff at locations such as parks and
depots, but consideration can be given to improving the facilities,
such as ...
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