Cycle To Work Scheme
The Cycle to Work scheme aims to get people to make healthier and more environmentally friendly
There will be a 55% growth in traffic levels and 85% rise in congestion by 2040. This costs health and damages the environment. In addition, The British Heart Foundation’s physical inactivity report found that 39% of UK adults don’t get enough physical activity. This is a huge cost to health leading to unhealthy, stressed and unproductive employees. The cycle to work scheme is a solution to these scary statistics.
Around 180,000 people a year participate in the cycle to work scheme operated by employers. Over three quarters of a million people cycle to work in England and Wales. It’s continuing to rise. It’s recommended that you get 30 minutes of physical activity, 5 times a week. And you cycle to work, you’ll hit that target easily.
Staff get fit, healthy and productive and will avoid the stress of getting stuck in traffic and it fits into the daily routine easiliy. People who commuted by bike had a 45% lower risk of developing cancer and a 46% lower risk of developing heart disease.
Cycling is an easy way of increasing physical activity, as well as being a non-weight bearing. This is because it’s an overall healthy activity. For example if you cycle for 3 days a week you’ll burn an incredible 1000 calories!
Evidence suggests that people who walk or cycle to work have improved mental wellbeing too. You’ll arrive alert and ready for your day while clocking up your recommended 2.5 hours of physical activity per week, even before your working day starts.
A study of over 250,000 UK commuters found that cycling to work on a regular basis can almost halve your risk of heart disease or cancer. Also there’s a 41% lower risk of dying overall compared to commuting by car or public transport.
If you cycle three miles to work every weekday, you’ll have got your recommended amount without even setting foot in a gym. That’s around 15 minutes one way. And if your journey is far, you could always commute by train and cycle to the station.
The number of cycle-rail journeys by bicycle has increased 75% since 2010. Furthermore cycling to your nearest train station is a great way to combine an active lifestyle with a longer daily commute. Nowadays most trains allow bikes. You could even buy a cheap second hand bike to keep locked up at the other end of your train journey. Also national Rail encourages the integrated use of cycles and trains- both convenient and environmental friendly forms of transport.
It can be intimating at first but buying a bike through the cycle to work scheme can change your life and you might even fall in love with cycling once you’ve tasted the freedom of it.