The healthy commute

I am pleased to see from this report that the majority of participants in the Cycle to Work Scheme, including employers, recognise the benefits of keeping fit, and that many participants have noticed improvements to their health since joining. Regular exercise can reduce the risk of dying early by 30 per cent and halve the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. However, over the years we have inadvertently designed physical activity out of modern life, and more than 28 per cent of adults in England do less than 30 minutes a week. International evidence ...

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Record breaking year for the cycle to work scheme

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 ...

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Cycle to Work Scheme sees huge growth as rail fares increase

Figures published today by the Cycle to Work Alliance (Cyclescheme, Cycle Solutions, Evans Cycles and Halfords) highlight a 22.5% increase in take up in the second quarter of 2013, when compared to the same period in 2012. This follows a similarly large 19.3% year-on-year increase for the first quarter of 2013. Overall, the second quarter has seen the scheme encouraging over 29,000 new cyclists to commute to work by bike*, with over 44,000 new cyclists signing up to the scheme in the first half of this year. With MPs set to debate the findings of ...

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The Green Way to Work – Sustainable Transport Report

Cycling is a healthy choice and a quick and practical way of getting around. The Coalition Government recognises this, and we are working to ensure that Britons feel confident and comfortable cycling at all times. We are investing in infrastructure and safety improvements that will achieve this. In the past year we have committed a further £107 million to cycling infrastructure, on top of the £600 million being invested through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund where 94 out of 96 schemes contain a cycling element. In addition, the recent publication of our ...

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