Romulus offers staff free e-bike travel

Property business Romulus has formed a partnership with green micro-mobility firm HumanForest to provide its employees with e-bikes.

The agreement began yesterday (24 January) with an initial trial period of three months that will allow all the London firm’s 55 employees, occupiers and co-working members 20 minutes of free riding every day on HumanForest’s zero-carbon electric-powered bicycles.

Two HumanForest Green Bays will be situated within the Romulus premises, offering staff convenient access to the e-bikes as well as free parking. The provider charges users if they end a ride outside a designated Green Bay.

HumanForest generally offers its users 10 minutes free travel per day before charging 15p per minute. The firm also designs and creates bespoke corporate plans for employers so they can offer their staff extra free minutes of daily e-bike riding.

It has provided Romulus with a corporate dashboard that highlights the amount of carbon dioxide employees and members have been able to save by choosing this form of travel.

The property business said the partnership was launched following the lifting of government guidance to work from home, in the hope that this will encourage employees to make the transition back to the physical workplace. Senior leaders believe the deal will offer staff an affordable, accessible and sustainable way to travel, while also providing health and wellness perks.

Higher cycling rates across the capital have been noted since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, with bike use seen to boost mental and physical health, reducing anxiety and boosting productivity.

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Alexander Woolf, strategy director at Romulus, said: “We are excited to be encouraging our members and occupiers to adapt to post-Covid ways of working in an environmentally-led way.

“HumanForest offers a great way for the users and visitors of our spaces to travel between home and work more flexibly than ever before.”