Bikes in the offices

What do I have in a travel week

So many of us travel often, we have a routine, and there are some basic things that are common to all of the work travelers. You arrive to an airport, go to the hotel, go to the office, come back to the hotel, and at the end of the week you come back home.

I try to book a hotel that is closed to the office I have to go, so I can walk during the commute. For me it’s nice to stretch the legs, have some fresh air and relax before or at the end of the day.

Shit, there is not hotel closed to the office

Sometimes I cannot book a hotel closed to the office and then I have to take a taxi, which in some of the cases takes a lot of time to arrive and so much money.

If the hotel is 20 km far away there is not discussion, I need a taxi, a train or whatever, but if the hotel is around 3 to 10 km, to me the preferred option is a bike.

What if the office has an available bike?

If the office has a bike, I would take it, commute to the hotel and park it there (I’m sure they have a secure space to park a bike). Then the following day I can take it back to the office.

To me the math is simple: I can ride a bike, relax during the commute, save money to my company as they are not paying a taxi, the company can say they are promoting healthy behavior and create a corporate social responsibility campaign for that.

With the money I spent this week in taxis you can buy a decent bike and a helmet.

Detractors are probably thinking:

  • I do not want to ride 10 kms,
  • I do not want to ride with this cold/hot day
  • What about the slopes?
  • What about my customer?
  • What about rain? snow? my clothes?…..

I know, there are days you need another type of transport, but for some other days, a bike is perfectly valid. For those who are looking for a excuse, there are thousand, just pick one.

My questions

  • have you seen something like what I have described?
  • Do you know any company that is already doing it?
  • To buy a bike probably is not the best option, but, what about to have an agreement with the local public bikes organization, so the bikes are available for travelers?
  • Any other suggestion?