In response to the public consultation run by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation to inform the delivery of guidance on remote working for both employers and employees, Cyclist.ie sent in the following short submission.
Dear Sir / Madam,
I wish to make this short submission in regard to your consultation on Guidance for Remote Working, as per
Cyclist.ie – the Irish Cycling Advocacy Network is the umbrella body of cycle campaigning and advocacy groups in Ireland – http://cyclist.ie/. Our vision is that cycling becomes a normal part of everyday life for all ages and abilities in Ireland. We take a particular interest in the commute to work – especially (i) the quality of conditions along the route for those wishing to cycle and (ii) the facilities at the workplace to make life easier for those using ‘active travel’ modes to get to work.
Focusing only on the nature of ‘hubs’, we wish to stress in this submission the importance of hubs having:
- plentiful, conveniently located, high quality, secure cycle parking facilities, both for employees and visitors – see here for guidance on cycle parking: https://www.dublincycling.com/cycling/dublin-city-bike-parking-guidance .
- adequate showers, drying rooms and lockers for those using active travel to get to the hub.
These points are aligned with existing national government policy – for example:
- the 2009 Smarter Travel Policy
- the 2009 National Cycle Policy Framework http://www.smartertravel.ie/content/national-cycle-policy
They are also aligned with broader HSE and Transport for Ireland COVID-19 guidance for commuters to maintain physical distancing while getting to and from work – https://www.transportforireland.ie/news/covid-19-information/.
In short, at this especially sensitive time for all of us, we would like to the stress the importance of creating the conditions to make it as easy and as safe as possible for workers to choose the healthier option and cycle to / from work (where distances per permit).
I would be very grateful if you can incorporate these points into any updated guidance produced.