Even more people cycling to work
Many of you may have been aware about the Government lead initiative the ‘Cycle to Work Scheme’. Those of you may also be aware of how it has been recorded as a major success in achieving its goal of getting more people on their bikes. Well the Cycle to Work Alliance has recently released a report which shows that the Cycle to work scheme has seen record numbers for the second year running!
The availability of the scheme combined with higher levels of employment, more and more people are looking at the possibility of getting involved and cycling to work. 2014 saw a staggering 183,423 employees participating in the scheme which is far greater than the record number set in 2013.This was a growth of 11.6% compared to 2013’s figures.
The Cycle to Work Alliance stated that the schemes continued growth is ensured through continued government commitment to cycling. This can also be seen on the local council level with new ‘Cycle Superhighways’ and new cycle roads being proposed all over the UK.
British cycling success and the hosting of the Tour de France’s Grand Depart has helped to keep cycling in the spotlight and has contributed greatly to this cycling boom in which we are currently living in.
“It is clear that the cycle to work scheme is a key mechanism for delivering on the Government’s health and sustainable transport objectives, such as those set out in the draft Cycling Delivery Plan. The Alliance is obviously delighted in the part it can play in driving these positive behaviours, with 2014’s figures showing that the scheme is on an upward trajectory and more people than ever across the country taking up cycling."
Director of Cycle Solutions and Chair of the Cycle to Work Alliance
So why are the government backing cycling so much? Well, part of the answer is savings and economic benefits. More people cycling means a healthier workforce which has economic gains in terms of workplace efficiency as well as savings for the NHS whom is experiencing a rise in costs related to poor physical health and obesity.
So, it’s safe to assume that this cycling boom is going to be around for a little while longer as the proposed cycle route plans come to fruition and get even more people on their bikes!