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Bike - Fit on the job: for sustainability and health

In recent years, there has been a greater awareness of sustainability and healthy living in our everyday lives. One of the simplest and at the same time most effective methods of meeting these requirements is cycling. 

As health and safety experts, we emphasise the crucial importance of ergonomic concepts in the workplace. Our customised solutions aim to support companies in promoting the health and productivity of their employees, thereby ensuring long-term economic success. In this context, cycling is also coming into focus as a key element of sustainable mobility and health promotion. In this article, we would like to take a closer look at the numerous environmental and health benefits of cycling.

The advantages of cycling

The bicycle combines all the important characteristics required of a modern means of transport: It ensures individual mobility, is (relatively) inexpensive, causes no harmful emissions, minimises land consumption, contributes to road safety and is also healthy.

Environmentally friendly and efficient: The bicycle is the most environmentally friendly means of transport. It produces no emissions or noise when in use, takes up little space and consumes no fossil fuels. Its efficiency through the use of the rider's muscle power is unrivalled. Cycling is climate-friendly and promotes an improved quality of life in both urban and rural areas.

Health benefitsCycling is not only good for the environment, but also for your personal health. It strengthens the cardiovascular system, lowers blood pressure, stimulates the metabolism and supports the immune system. A key aspect of this is the ergonomics of cycling, which, if done correctly, helps to prevent or alleviate back and knee pain. By adapting the bike to the individual needs of the rider, such as setting the correct saddle height and handlebar position, postural damage can be avoided and a healthy riding experience can be ensured. These ergonomic adjustments are crucial for supporting the back and relieving pressure on the knees, making cycling an excellent choice for daily mobility. In addition to these physical benefits, cycling can reduce stress and increase general well-being.

Make your company fit for cycling

Companies can promote cycling among their employees through various measures and thus make their own company fit for cycling. These include offering company bikes, providing showers and changing rooms as well as secure storage facilities for bicycles. These measures not only support the health of employees, but also contribute to a reduction in CO2 emissions.

By promoting ergonomically designed bicycles and educating people about a healthy cycling posture, companies can actively contribute to the health prevention of their employees. Offers such as ergonomic counselling and workshops on the topic of "Fit through cycling" are effective ways to increase awareness and participation.

Focus on safety

Despite all the advantages, safety must not be overlooked when cycling. The journey to work or university in particular harbours risks. Most cycling accidents occur on these routes. In order to increase safety, measures such as expanding the infrastructure for cyclists, promoting safe cycling behaviour through education and wearing protective equipment are essential.

The German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) plays a central role when it comes to ensuring health and safety in the workplace. This includes the Way to work which, when travelled by bicycle, deserves special attention. The bicycle has established itself as an efficient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly means of transport that is becoming increasingly popular. However, its use is also associated with specific risks, especially when travelling to (vocational) school, university or work. In order to fully utilise the advantages of cycling and at the same time increase safety, targeted measures are required. 

Measures to promote cycling safety

  • Improve infrastructure: The expansion and maintenance of cycle paths and the creation of safe crossings are essential in order to increase safety for cyclists.
  • Promote safety equipment: The use of helmets, reflective clothing and functional lighting can significantly reduce the risk of serious injury.
  • Expand educational programmes: Road safety training and campaigns help to raise awareness and knowledge about safe behaviour on the roads.
  • Operational mobility management: Companies can incentivise the use of bicycles by offering services such as company bicycles, changing rooms and secure parking facilities, while at the same time promoting the safety of their employees.
  • Co-operation and networking: Cooperation between local authorities, the police, schools, universities and companies can help to make security measures more effective and create a broad awareness of the issue.


As Health and Safety Experts, we understand that a more sustainable and healthier working environment is shaped by everyday decisions and actions. Integrating cycling into the workplace symbolises our commitment to safe, healthy and environmentally conscious workplaces. Cycling offers numerous benefits for individuals, society and our planet by promoting health, protecting the environment and improving road safety.


By promoting cycling at an individual, corporate and political level, we maximise these benefits while minimising the risks. HSE is committed to establishing cycling as the key to a greener, healthier and safer future. Let's walk this path together to make a positive change in our working world and beyond through sustainable mobility solutions.



How can employers encourage their employees to cycle?

Employers can encourage bicycle use by offering secure bicycle parking facilities, changing rooms with showers and financial incentives such as company bicycle leasing or subsidies for bicycle purchases. In addition, ergonomic counselling and the provision of information on safe cycling routes help to increase bicycle use.


What are the health benefits of ergonomic cycling in the workplace?

Ergonomic cycling improves physical health by preventing back and knee pain and strengthens the cardiovascular system. It also promotes mental well-being by reducing stress and increasing overall happiness, which can lead to increased productivity and lower illness rates.


How does cycling contribute to environmentally friendly mobility?

Cycling is one of the most environmentally friendly forms of mobility as it minimises harmful emissions by completely eliminating fossil fuels and is extremely energy efficient. It reduces noise, minimises traffic congestion and takes up less space than cars. Promoting cycling helps cities and companies to improve their carbon footprint and makes a significant contribution to environmentally friendly behaviour. 

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