September 11, 2014

How cycling to work makes a difference!

On the 4th of September Employers and Employees all over the UK were called to show their support to the national event of Cycle to Work Day and help increase awareness of the benefits of cycling to work on health issues, the environment and transport costs! This year the numbers that were achieved were really encouraging!

• In total commuters pledged 261,287 miles
• The money that was saved in transport costs was £117,554.08
• The CO2 emissions saved accounted for 54,858.57kg
• And the calories burnt reached 8,098,170

Figures show that almost ¾  million of the UK work force cycle to work regularly and the mission is for this number to increase to 1 million by 2021.

In the UK cycling is the third most popular recreational activity. An estimated 3.1 million people ride a bicycle each month, but only 744,000 out of these were bike commuters that cycle to work.

Further figures that should get you thinking about supporting Cycling to Work:

• Obesity rates in the UK are the highest in Europe. Nearly 64% of adults are classed as being overweight or obese
• Cycling improves the areas of life linked to happiness
• A bicycle has a less manufacturing footprint compared to a car
• Bicycles provide mobility for those who may not qualify or afford to drive
• Average paced cycling (10-11mph average) will burn about 400 calories/per hour
• A 45-minute cycle every week can make you ‘biologically younger’ by nine years
• The average distance travelled by car is about 6,6 miles when 4 miles is the average cycle commute

Why cycling matters:

Commuting by Bike

Encourage your employees to cycle for change! Set a goal and change your lifestyle!  #bike2workscheme

By Aimee Whitehill
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    A number of my team had been suggesting they were keen to get on their bike, get fit and try to get out of using public transport and mentioned the Bike2Work scheme. I contacted the team at Bike2Work and they made it very simple for Bright Purple to get engaged, explaining everything required of us to get going. As a company we are keen to support green issues and want to do our bit for the environment, so getting the team on 2 wheels is a good start. Thank you Bike2Work - great idea.

    Nick Price - CEO - Bright Purple Resourcing

    Bike 2 work scheme has proved to be very popular with our employees. The administration is first class and any queries are resolved promptly. We believe the scheme will be of great benefit to our employees in saving money and improving fitness, whilst being in full accordance with Legrand's environmental policy.

    Peter Bedall - Legrand Electric Ltd

    We have been very impressed with the speedy and professional response we have had since joining your scheme. We have found the contacts we speak to be more than helpful and very pleasant in their manner.

    Anne Jackson - Hamburg Süd

    I was given the task of getting our company Abbey Logistics Group on the Bike 2 Work Scheme, I looked around and researched a number of schemes but thought that the Bike 2 Work Scheme was the best. I still feel I made the correct choice for a number of reasons. The amount of partner shops I found was fantastic and the speedy response from the scheme is second to none just to name a couple. May I take a moment to say a big thank you to the Bike 2 Work Scheme for helping our company to a greener future.

    Alan Sutton - Abbey Logistics

    I only heard about Bike 2 Work Scheme when I visited my local cycle shop. It was great to hear that the government actually had a scheme in place which made cycling cost effective for the employee, whilst promoting a healthier lifestyle. Setting up the scheme was extremely easy, they made sure that we had everything that we required and was always on standby to answer any questions. I would happily recommend the Bike 2 Work Scheme to any employer.  

    Tom Watts

    We have been with the Bike 2 Work Scheme for over a year and have a good number of our staff obtaining bikes through the scheme. Bike 2 Work offer a high level of service and are efficient in getting the contracts and vouchers sent out. Emails sent regarding questions or queries are always responded to speedily and the Bike 2 Work employers are very knowledgeable on the scheme.

    Wendy Peaks

    You have provided an excellent service and I really can’t fault it. Helpful, knowledgeable staff who go out of their way to answer any question or accommodate any request. We’ve had about 50 applications to you now and they’ve all gone through without a hitch, but with many satisfied staff!

    Anthony Piccaro

    One of the things that attracted us to Bike 2 Work Scheme was the number of cycle shops available enabling our employees to access one near them, which appears to have encouraged take up of the scheme. Having circulated the leaflets provided, there has been a lot of interest once people could see how easy and financially advantageous it was. All our dealings with the scheme have been very professionally handled, all our queries answered, and paperwork dealt with speedily. We would recommend Bike 2 Work to any employer.

    Peter Langton