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There is still more that can be done to encourage cycling. Find out more below.
A recent study by The British Social Attitudes found that only 5% of the UK population cycle five times a week. Although this amount has increased from a study carried out in 2016/17, there is still more that can be done to encourage cycling. In fact, in order to increase the number of individuals that cycle, the government are actively encouraging members of the public to cycle to work.
Travelling to work on two wheels brings benefits for all. Employees are fitter and can build exercise into their daily routine without spending a lot of money. It also means little or no travel cost compared to travelling by car or public transport. From the employer’s point of view, research has shown that cycling to work reduced sickness absence, saving companies money in lost productivity. Encouraging staff to cycle also demonstrates that a company takes its corporate social responsibility seriously.
More can be done by employers to encourage employees to get on their bikes. Whilst employees who could cycle give many reasons for not doing so – perceived risk on the roads, lack of shower facilities at the workplace, or simply a lack of inclination – affording a bike shouldn’t be one of them.
To help employees buy their first bike or buy a better one if they are already commuting on two wheels, the Cycle to Work scheme is a great way for businesses to support their employees. Here at Busy Bees Benefits, our Cycle to Work scheme provides savings on the purchase of new bicycles and equipment, which can be chosen from over 140 brands. Employees can make savings of up to 42% on the retail cost of their chosen bicycle and equipment.
Bicycles are paid for over a 12 or 18-month period, with deductions from wages each month.
As the scheme attracts tax and National Insurance savings for employees, the organisation will also save on their Employers National Insurance contributions – up to £138 per person using the scheme.
Cycling to work comes with a multitude of benefits including increased health and wellbeing, and you can find out more by reading our blog ‘5 Reasons Why Our Cycle to Work Scheme Beats Your Gym Membership.’
At Busy Bees Benefits, we offer a variety of benefits that work to engage, protect and reward your workforce. To find out more about how Busy Bees Benefits can encourage your employees to cycle to work, call us on 0330 333 9100 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.