Account Executive, Emma Walker, blogs about DHR’s staff bicycle initiative and her thoughts on being a first-time city cyclist.
DHR Communications has recently introduced a staff bicycle initiative and in July, a number of staff members were awarded a grant to purchase a bicycle.
Last week, we took a trip down to our local bicycle shop, P & K Cycles, to choose our bikes, helmets and equipment and we expect to collect them in the coming days.
It has been one too many years since I went for a cycle, sixteen to be exact, but now with our new staff bicycle initiative, I hope to be become a regular city cyclist.
The aim of the initiative is to cut down on the amount of taxi trips and car journeys which we make. While a lot of our work is based in our office on Francis Street, we also spend quite a lot of time outside the office at meetings, photocalls, and events for clients based around the city.
The initiative also aims to contribute positively to the health, fitness and well-being of all staff; as well as cutting down on costs of commuting to and from the office and meetings.
And of course, how I could forget to mention the environmental benefits of cycling! Cycling 5 km each way to work, instead of driving, saves an average of 0.6 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually and reduces the effects of global warming, according to TransportforIreland.ie.
By hitting the road on our bikes, we’ll also be helping the environment by reducing noise pollution, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and hydrocarbons.
Fingers crossed all goes well on my first cycle – wish me luck!
At DHR, we have made Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) an integral part of our work, and we support all employees to become involved in CSR activities. We have a company-wide policy on CSR, which has resulted in DHR being shortlisted for the Chambers Ireland CSR Awards in 2013 and 2014.