Nicholsons Chartered Accountants, keen to promote the benefits of cycling, has used a £5,000 grant to make life easier for its employees. The cash from Access LN6 – a £6.5 million programme which aims to improve sustainable transport options in the LN6 postcode area – has been used to modify the bike facilities at Nicholsons’ head office.
The three year programme, which runs until 2015, is funded by Lincolnshire County Council and the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. In addition to the county council, it is supported by North Kesteven District Council, City of Lincoln Council, Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, Sustrans and East Midlands Trains. Grants are awarded to schemes that stimulate economic growth and reduce carbon emissions by encouraging smarter travel choices.
Thanks to the grant, Nicholsons now has parking for 22 bicycles under a fully-covered shelter. In addition, the funds have been used to fit out a shower and changing facilities with lockers. There is also a puncture repair room where colleagues can meet up and fix their tyres. To ensure the bicycles are in tip-top condition, a bike doctor also visits the accountants to service and repair their machines.
Nicholsons’ Simon Hall, a keen cyclist who has recently competed in the C2C2C and Tommy Godwin challenge, says, “These developments have made a big difference and are getting more people to leave the car at home and jump on their bike instead. As a result, more of my colleagues are now enjoying an active, healthy life.”