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Friday, 10 July 2020 14:08

Cycle to Work scheme doubles due to coronavirus influence

The number of employees joining the Cycle to Work scheme has more than doubled as commuters make plans for returning to the workplace, amid growing concerns about the safety of using public transport as lockdown eases, but calls are made to extend the scheme's benefits for the self employed.

cycle to work scheme 1New data from the Cycle to Work Alliance shows that in June there was a more than 120% increase in the number of people joining the scheme compared to the previous year. This built on a 52% increase in scheme participation in May 2020, compared to the previous year. In total, the survey received 4,331 responses from scheme users, and 542 responses from employers.

The surge of employees wanting to access the scheme, which allows commuters to obtain bicycles and cycling equipment tax free through salary sacrifice, shows many people are actively preparing to embrace cycling as more of the UK prepares to come out of lockdown.

This comes following the landmark announcement from the Transport Secretary of a £2bn package to help increase cycling and walking capacity, and calls from the Prime Minister for more workers to take-up cycling and ensure they get to work as safely as possible as lockdown measures are gradually lifted.

37,754 employees obtained a bike through the scheme in June 2020 compared to 17,071 in June 2019. In May 2020 26,300 people joined the scheme, compared to 17,300 in May 2019.

The Cycle to Work Alliance, made up of the leading cycling providers, is now calling for the government to support this shift towards cycling and help more people get back to work by extending the scheme to include the self-employed.

cycle to work scheme adrian copyAdrian Warren, Chair of the Cycle to Work Alliance, said: "UK workers are ready to embrace cycling like never before. As lockdown measures ease, we want the scheme to support as many people as possible to return to work safely. Already we have seen that the scheme is the natural option for employees wanting to get to work safely.

"We warmly welcome the Government's acknowledgment of the scheme as a key pillar of their strategy for keeping employees safe on their return to work, and their £250 million investment in temporary cycling infrastructure to support cycling to work.

"That's why we're calling on government to widen access to the scheme for self-employed workers. This will ensure more people can actively travel to work and help avoid a spike in people commuting by car or overcrowded public transport after lockdown. Like employees, the self-employed often need to travel to work, and bike should be the default option for many people.

cycle to work scheme logo"We should be doing all we can to encourage the significant shift towards cycling that's taking place across the country and widening the scheme to include self-employed workers is such a simple, easy solution."

The Alliance's call has been backed by IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed), who represent the self-employed.

Andy Chamberlain, Director of Policy at IPSE, said: "Extending the Cycle to Work scheme to the self-employed would be a timely change. Many self-employed people are currently considering the return to work after lockdown but remain concerned about the health risks of using public transport to get there. The cycle to work scheme will be just the solution many are looking for to help them get back to business. It will not only benefit them, but the economy and the environment too."

The Cycle to Work Alliance is a coalition of the four largest providers of the Cycle to Work Scheme  - Cycle Scheme, Cycle Solutions, Evans Cycles and Halfords.