Sweden's most bicycle-friendly workplace
AF Bostäder has received the award "The most bicycle-friendly medium-sized workplace in 2022" by Cykelvänligast, because they make it easier and more fun for employees to choose the bicycle to, from, and at work.
Cykelvänligast is an initiative by Cykelfrämjandet and Svenska Cykelstäder in collaboration with municipalities. Every year they award Sweden's most bike-friendly workplace, based on the number of stars, i.e., criteria met. AF Bostäder is one of few companies that managed to achieve five stars out of five and have thus been awarded Sweden's most bicycle-friendly workplace in 2022, among medium-sized companies.
Lund is a cycling city and in student life, the bicycle is a given means of transport. For a long time, AF Bostäder has offered students a bicycle-friendly living environment with, among other things, personal bicycle parking and bicycle repair rooms. In 2018 they started working on creating a cycling culture internally at the company. Company bicycles were purchased, both with and without electricity, and employees were encouraged to choose the bicycle before the car. The travel policy was updated and all trips within 5 kilometers must be made with sustainable means of transport – a radius that covers all of AF Bostäder's student housing areas. The work has continued and developed each year with, for example, fun cycling challenges, wellness activities, and bicycle service at work. In addition, new bicycle parking spaces have been completed where bicycle commuters have access to changing rooms and showers.
AF Bostäder tries to inspire the employees, not only through individual activities but in the long term. And the investments have paid off. In addition to profit for both climate, well-being, and health, AF Bostäder was named Lund municipality's most bicycle-friendly workplace in both 2020 and 2021. And now the strategic investment has paid off on a national level when AF Bostäder was named Sweden's most bicycle-friendly medium-sized workplace in 2022.