Record breaking year for the cycle to work scheme

Record numbers of employees participating in the cycle to work scheme throughout 2013 could herald a long-term cycling boom in the UK, the Cycle to Work Alliance believes. Reflecting the growing support and momentum behind cycling, 2013 saw the cycle to work scheme reach a new high, eclipsing 2010’s previous peak.

Figures released today by the Cycle to Work Alliance (Cyclescheme, Cycle Solutions, Evans Cycles and Halfords), demonstrate a 16.4% increase in scheme uptake compared to 2012, with 164,317 employees, in the last year alone, having been encouraged to commute to work by bike as a result of the scheme. Rounding off an exceptional year, Q4 2013 saw an 11% year-on-year increase in scheme participation compared to figures for the final quarter of 2012.

This growth marks out the past twelve months as the best year for the scheme as employers increasingly recognise the importance of encouraging healthy lifestyle choices among their staff. The unprecedented level of scheme use reflects the high value employers attribute to the scheme in achieving a healthier workforce.

The scheme’s success over the past year demonstrates the core role it continues to play in encouraging new cyclists, in ever greater numbers, to commute to work by bike. The increased profile of cycling in recent times, catalysed initially by the 2012 Olympics and given greater exposure by the work of the All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group’s Get Britain Cycling report, has generated interest among commuters in getting back on their bikes. With Britain set to host three stages of this year’s Tour de France, this trend looks set to continue.

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