Here at 4 Leisure Recruitment, we are fully expecting to see a rise in cycling jobs in the UK. Whether the rise in the popularity of cycling is down to another British Tour de France winner or a result of austerity and greater concern for the environment, we see the potential for more people cycling to create more jobs in cycling.
Leaving aside the people taking advantage of extra work in the gig economy as cycle couriers and delivery drivers, the leisure industry will be our main focus of cycling jobs. These jobs could include cycling for fitness coaches, cycling scheme co-ordinators, and cycling proficiency instructors. All are vital in developing cycling both as a leisure activity and a sustainable and cost-effective method of transport.
The rise of cycling
While there is a long way to go to catch up with the levels of cycling right after World War II, cycling both as a leisure activity and a mode of transport has been steadily rising over the last few years. Particularly in large cities like London where schemes such as the ‘Boris bikes’ and a huge spend on cycling provision including the cycle superhighways, cycling has experienced huge increases, almost quadrupling in twenty years. There are also large levels of cycling in student-heavy urban areas such as Oxford, Cambridge, and Edinburgh.
Compared to most other EU countries, the UK has fairly low levels of cycling. Holland, for example, has 43% of people who cycle daily – in the UK this figure is 4%. But this figure is growing and the success of Team GB in international road and track cycling events certainly hasn’t been hindered by the relative lack of cycling commuters.
To see more facts and figures about cycling in the UK, please see Cycling UK’s Cycling Statistics
Cycling as a leisure activity is relatively cheap – once you’ve bought the bike and other essential equipment, it doesn’t cost anything to use public roads. It’s a fantastic way of helping with Cardiovascular endurance, muscle development, and overall stamina. It’s lower impact than running, and can be a lot more interesting! You can certainly get further in your exercise time and see more.
Cycling as a sustainable method of transport is cheaper than running a car and better for the environment. You can also get places you couldn’t get in a car, such as dedicated cycling lanes, or free parking within a reasonable distance of your workplace. There are issues when it comes to taking passengers or being able to do much more than a small bag of shopping on the way home, but in a big city like London which has high traffic levels, dedicated cycling provision, and high parking charges, taking a cycle can make sense more often than not.
Cycle schemes such as the successful ‘Boris bikes’ in London are now spreading. There are cycle hire schemes in many major UK cities, making cycle ownership less of a necessity, which is fantastic for those who don’t have much in the way of cycle storage provision at home or in their workplace.
With increasing petrol prices, greater concern for the environment, and the emphasis on cycling for better health, cycling jobs are sure to grow for the foreseeable future.
Current jobs in cycling:-
Here are some of the cycling jobs we have in at the moment (updated July 2018)
Marketing Manager – Edinburgh Cycle Hire Scheme
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join a leading leisure brand with a new cycle hire scheme to be launched in Edinburgh.