In recent years Bristol Airport has worked hard to deliver targeted help to encourage staff to cycle. By surveying colleagues we could understand the competing push and pull factors which impacted their propensity to cycle to work. Despite the difficulties of 24/7 operational shift pattern, of the respondents who could be encouraged to cycle to and from Bristol Airport, we saw that the most persuasive in-house alteration was ‘improved showers and changing facilities’. In 2019 a brand new administration building – Lulsgate House -was opened which houses the new improved showering and changing facilities.
To compliment this, new cycle parking shelters were also installed. There are now three covered bike shelters on site. The one outside the administration building, nearest to the new shower and changing facilities is right next to an internal bus stop where staff can easily catch a free shuttle over to the terminal. There are also shelters outside the security checkpoint for colleagues who work airside and a further shelter outside the main terminal for staff and customers.
Bristol airport is part of Cyclescheme, offering staff affordable access to bikes and safety equipment. We use national events such as “Cycle to Work Day” to promote all these opportunities.