The Tower Bridge branch of Thrifty Car and Van Rental has been showing its green side by taking part in the ‘Boris Bikes’ scheme and encouraging employees to make more journeys by bicycle.
Boris Bikes is the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme run by Transport for London. It allows cyclists to hire a bike and pay only for the length of time it is used. Cyclists can collect a bike from one of the many docking stations across London and return it to any station conveniently located near to the end of their journey.
With a docking station opposite the Tower Bridge branch, Thrifty employees have found it easy to collect and return bicycles. The team are mostly using the bikes to complete the journey when delivering or collecting rental vehicles to and from customers, instead of using a car to either get there or back.
As well as reducing carbon emissions and pollution in the city, Thrifty has seen additional benefits including lowering the amount of money spent on fuel and congestion charges. Employees have also found it is quicker to cycle around London than drive. The company have supplied the team with helmets, bicycle clips and high visibility vests to ensure their safety.
Francis Limbambala, location manager for the Tower Bridge branch said: “We decided to try out the cycle hire scheme at this location and have so far been very impressed with how easy it is to use. We are very happy to support the initiative and although voluntary all the team have been keen to embrace this new green way of working and are enjoying themselves, as well as seeing it as a great way to get fit.”