Cycle to Work scheme refreshed to incorporate e-bikes – BikeBiz

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The Authorities has introduced refreshed steerage for its Cycle to Work scheme, which might assist extra commuters flip to greener journeys utilizing e-bikes.

The refreshed steerage will make it simpler for employers to supply bicycles and gear together with e-bikes price over £1,000, by making it clear that FCA authorised third social gathering suppliers are capable of run the scheme on their behalf.

Biking minister Michael Ellis stated: “Biking is an important and straightforward method to enhance air high quality, cut back air pollution and create vibrant cities and cities. Ensuring that bikes are simply obtainable is essential to serving to extra folks make the change to greener modes of transport. Making certain folks of all skills and health ranges can cycle collectively is a key a part of this. I need everybody to really feel empowered to make biking part of their on a regular basis lives, and our refreshed steerage supplies many incentives to assist folks do that.”

The Cycle to Work Alliance, in collaboration with senior transport, atmosphere and well being leaders, additionally welcomed the Authorities’s replace to the Cycle to Work scheme steerage.

Adrian Warren, chair of the Cycle to Work Alliance, stated: “On behalf of the Alliance, we’re delighted the brand new Cycle to Work scheme steerage has been revealed. Biking to work has extraordinary advantages for the atmosphere, our well being and wellbeing, and employer-employee relations, and the publication represents a major step ahead in getting extra folks bodily energetic as a part of the Authorities’s ambitions to double biking exercise by 2025.

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“The brand new steerage may also allow extra folks than ever to take part in biking to work, together with disabled folks, individuals who dwell additional away from work, older staff and people on decrease incomes. We sit up for persevering with to work with the Authorities to make sure consciousness of the scheme is maximised to all.”

Ruth Cadbury MP, chair of the Biking APPG, stated: “The Biking APPG needs to see extra folks biking extra typically. Because of this we have now been a long-standing and vocal supporter of the Cycle to Work scheme and we’re delighted by the publication of this new steerage. As a cross-party group of parliamentarians, we have now been united in our requires the scheme to be expanded to mirror new improvements out there, such because the speedy development in availability and demand for e-bikes.

“This very important modernisation of the scheme will assist to ease the monetary obstacles and convert extra potential cyclists into common energetic journey commuters. We sit up for working with the Authorities and the biking group to efficiently implement these new tips and make biking extra accessible to everybody.”

Stephen Edwards, director of coverage and communications at Dwelling Streets, stated: “It’s more and more vital that we commute quick journeys in a sustainable method, comparable to strolling and biking. This improves our well being by protecting us energetic but additionally helps reduce visitors, greenhouse gases and air air pollution. We, at Dwelling Streets, provide the Cycle to Work scheme to our personal staff. Our Strolling Works scheme additionally supplies assist for folks all through the UK to stroll all or a part of the best way to work – complementing the Cycle to Work scheme.”

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Xavier Brice, chief government at Sustrans, stated: “We warmly welcome the brand new Cycle to Work scheme steerage which highlights the UK Authorities’s ambition to make biking an exercise for everybody. Eradicating the cap an worker can spend on a motorbike will open up biking to extra folks, enabling them to buy specifically tailored or electrical cycles, which was not beforehand doable as a result of their excessive value. Encouraging extra folks to get on bikes implies that extra folks can benefit from the Nationwide Cycle Community. Sustrans is busy making paths on the community extra appropriate for everybody by eradicating 16,000 obstacles, in addition to rising the quantity of people that can actively journey to work with a smile on their face.

“There’s little doubt that biking is nice for our well being and the atmosphere, which is why we wish all employers and their workforces to take full benefit of the scheme. In future, we wish to see comparable schemes on provide for these not in work in order that extra folks can entry cycles irrespective of their age or employment standing.”

Matt Mallinder, engagement director at Biking UK, stated: “Electrical cycles are an effective way to spice up cycle use, lowering congestion, air pollution and carbon emissions, permitting folks to make journeys which are a bit longer or hillier than they’d in any other case wish to cycle. Biking UK hopes the Authorities’s help may also encourage people who find themselves older, frailer or a bit chubby to find that they can also take pleasure in the advantages of biking for his or her well being, wealth and well-being and that comparable help can quickly be provided for many who will not be in work too.”

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The Cycle to Work steerage is the newest growth within the Authorities’s plans to get extra folks taking on energetic journey choices. By the Biking and Strolling Funding Technique, it is going to make investments round £2 billion on energetic journey over the course of this Parliament.

 

 

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