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At my office we have many colleagues from other countries spending months at a time working with us in the UK. During that time they live in serviced apartments a couple of miles from the office.

I've recently been loaning my bike to one of the guys and he was really appreaciative as its the best way for him to travel in to work and gives him the freedom we all know and love  3 Plus it saves the company in taxi fares.

Anyway it occurred to me that it would be great if my employer could provide a few loan bikes that people like him could use but also be available for anyone should they want to pop into town at lunch (my office is on a business park a mile or so from the nearest shops). I'm thinking of a kind of low tech borisbike scenario where reception dolls out the keys and keeps a deposit.

Anyway my ask is does anyone have experience of such a scheme and in particular the legal disclaimers that you need?

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DaveP [412 posts] 5 years ago
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Years ago I worked for United Utilities, who have to offices in the Warrington area, just under a mile apart. They had a 'fleet' of bikes for use between the offices that needed booking-out through reception.. I'm not sure if they still do, or even who you could chat with, but you could call : 01925 237 000 and ask.

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nellybuck@msn.com [168 posts] 5 years ago
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We have a pool bike scheme in our office, as we were given a grant to buy some folding bikes.

I guess it'll be different from organisation to organisation, but we have 3rd party cover under the companies general insurance provision, and essentiall ride the bikes 'at our own risk' (Hi vis, helmets etc. are all available). All potential users were offered training (all declined) which I guess covers the company in terms of ensuring we're competent to use them.

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Simon_MacMichael [2448 posts] 5 years ago
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GlaxoSmithKline run a loan bike scheme - I remember reading in one of the cycling mags that they are one of the more enlightened employers when it comes to cycling, even have a bike shop at head office.

Have a look at this:

http://www.bitc.org.uk/resources/case_studies/gsk.html

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TheHatter [770 posts] 5 years ago
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Thanks for the comments. I've been asked to build a business case and outline how it would work so these references really help.
Cheers all.  1