Lloyds Banking Group
Lloyds Banking Group employees based at St William House in Cardiff are the first across the Lloyds Group to benefit from a pool bike scheme. The scheme makes ten bikes available to employees based at St William House (SWH) – including two folding bikes for commuters.
The bikes including cycle safety equipment can be used for any kind of journey, including personal and weekend use. Staff simply need to book their bike through the group’s booking system and sign a form to self certify that they are capable of riding a bike on public roads and understand The Highway Code.
A travel bag that contains all the extras needed to take the bike from the premises e.g. helmet, lights and locks is also provided
The first three months since the launch in May 2013 has demonstrated the success of the scheme
Pool bike usage
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Graham Isle, Senior Manager, from Black Horse Operations, explains how the St Williams House Pool Bike Scheme got started
“It all started a couple of years ago after I agreed to add supporting sustainability themes to my Personal Development Plan. Working with my colleagues Ceri Allin, David Green and Emma Butler within Black Horse Operations, we quickly realised that developing a Travel Plan for St William House would enable us to align ourselves more closely with community and sustainable travel practices.”
“We engaged with SEWTA and Sustrans - two sustainable travel organisations supported by the Welsh Government. Together we conducted a site audit and survey to capture the ‘travel demographics’ of colleagues and identify ways of helping them to travel to work in the safest and most sustainable ways.”
“The output of these investigations was twofold. We held a Travel Fair to inform colleagues of what we were doing and provide advice on sustainable and safe travel options. We also completed a detailed Travel Plan which outlined our medium, and long term action plans, one of which was the Pool Bike scheme. To deliver the scheme, we worked together with local suppliers who were able to advise us on suitable bikes and safety equipment; and we set up a simple booking system using Just-Ask.”
The St William House Travel Plan was officially launched by Antonio Lorenzo, Group Director - Wealth, Asset Finance and Group Corporate Development, David Morpeth, Operations Director, Consumer Finance and Peter Davies, Wales’ Commissioner for Sustainable Futures
Other deliverables from the SWH Travel Plan include; increasing the number of bike racks available for all cyclists, providing information and advice on local public transport, and setting up a Bike User Group.
The travel plan has also been recognised with a bronze award at the first annual Sewta Travel Planning Awards where Graham Isle and Ceri Allin gave a presentation on the Lloyds Banking Group Travel Plan journey.