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July 17, 2020
Over the last few months’ a lot of people have got into cycling. Some for the first time and some for the first time in a long time, but as lockdown restrictions ease, there are a lot of people considering changing their commute and cycling to work.
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The cycling industry has seen an unprecedented boom as a result of the Coronavirus lockdown. In April and May, the fair weather coupled with restrictions on exercise meant that many of us turned to our bikes for our ‘once a day’ foray into the outdoors. But since the easing of lockdown restrictions, and the gradual return to work for UK employees, many workers are seriously considering their future transport habits and are finding a ‘new normal’ for the daily commute.
Firstly we would like to express our sincere thanks to all of our great employees, customers, suppliers, and clients for the support shown during what has been an immensely challenging and stressful time for everyone not just here in the UK, but across the World. We really have found ourselves in uncharted and scary waters, and without the understanding, patience, and dedication of everyone in and around our businesses, these challenges will, I am certain, have been overwhelming.
In response to the long-standing issue of congestion and car parking, the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust is encouraging staff at the Royal Victoria Hospital to leave their cars at home and find alternative transport.
Don’t let the relentlessness of working life stop you from being fitter, healthier, happier and more productive. It is possible to fit exercise around even hectic schedules by building it into the working day, leaving room to play, socialise and get plenty of sleep.
Cycling in winter is more than possible, it can be truly exhilarating on a crisp sunny day, but it takes some preparation and organisation to keep you warm, dry and safe
Cycling in the UK suffers from a diversity problem. The stereotype of the MAMIL – middle-aged man in lycra – is alive and well, and official figures suggest it’s not unfair typecasting either: the UK cycling scene is still dominated by adult males.
Whether your bicycle has been in use throughout the harsh winter, or whether it has been collecting dust in the back of the shed, this is the perfect time of year to clean and service your bike to make sure it is ready and willing to start clocking up some miles.
Like any commute, cycling to work on even the trustiest of steeds can occasionally go wrong – but the longer you do it, the more shortcuts you learn.
A recent survey by the Cycle to Work Alliance (C2WA) has found that the scheme is converting huge numbers of people to take up active travel and is getting increasing numbers of people to reduce the amount they drive.
The advantages of cycling to work are well known to most people. Healthier, happier lives and a reduced risk of illness are just some of the benefits to the people who choose to cycle to work, but what are the implications of these for the employer?
If someone offered you a way to get fitter, save money, sleep better, be less stressed, help the environment AND reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease by almost 50%, in a way that can easily be incorporated into your everyday life, you'd probably think that it was far too good to be true!
It's no secret that exercising regularly is the best way to stay in shape and boost your metabolism but it's also the key to improving many other aspects of your life.
Are you looking for a two-wheeled Valentine's Day trip? We've made a list of 6 of the UK's finest spots on the National Cycle Network to make the perfect Valentine's trip for you and your partner.
The Active Travel Conference 2017 is being held on Thursday 16 February at Yr Hen Lyfrgell, Cardiff, for practitioners involved in the implementation of the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013.
The Government has once again shown significant support for sustainable travel with a £64m investment, the beginning of a £300m package to make active travel a part of everyday life in the UK by 2040.
Through our Pop-Up shops and Bike Dr. events, we regularly get to chat with our customers about why they're choosing to cycle to work and sometimes why they don't want to. Over time, we repeatedly hear the same reasons that put people off so we thought we'd explain why the most common reasons we hear are not actually issues at all!
The Cycle to Work scheme has today been given a substantial show of support by the Government, positioning the scheme as a key health benefit for employers to offer employees across the UK.
A recent report commissioned by the Cycle to Work Alliance and carried out by the Institute of Employment Studies (IES) has concluded that the Cycle to Work Scheme is "economically and socially beneficial" to the UK to the tune of £72 million per year.
The Cycle to Work Scheme provides many people with their ideal route into cycling with the huge savings on equipment and easy salary sacrifice payment options. Many people we speak to use the scheme to buy their first bicycle since childhood and there are some things which will take a little getting used to.
So you've made the decision to start cycling to work, whether it's for the health benefits, the cost savings or the environmental aspect you've just made a great decision. But where do you start?
Following the presentation of the 2016 Budget the Cycle to Work Scheme has once again been supported by the Government as a key health benefit for employers to offer employees across the UK.
Cycle Solutions, one of the UK's leading providers of the Cycle to Work Scheme recently showcased their unique end to end Cycle to Work Scheme solution at the EB Connect Exhibition at the Lancaster Hotel in London.
Italian city considers a new scheme to encourage more people to choose to cycle to work.
UK-wide figures released this weekend by the transport minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon showed the number of cyclists convicted for breaking road rules has more than doubled since 2010. Convictions have risen from 52 to 125 in five years and people are once again questioning whether cyclists should be made to get a licence to ensure they are educated in the laws of the road.
Suzy Davies, Welsh Conservative Assembly Member for South Wales West, has visited one of the UK'S largest independent cycling retail groups based in Swansea to discuss the cycle safety programme which Mrs Davies is championing.
Cycle Solutions, one of the UK's leading providers of the Cycle to Work scheme, has reported record growth figures due to the rising popularity of the programme among employers looking to drive up their workforce's fitness and engagement.
A cycling fan will be enjoying their very special prize after winning £1,000 to spend on a GIANT bike of their choice with Cycle Solutions.
The Peterborough based financial services giant, BGL Group, who are behind well-known brands, Comparethemarket.com, Beagle Street, Budget Insurance and Minster Law, achieved a 7% take-up of its cycle to work scheme, when it was launched to all UK based employees in July 2015.
Cycling could be the answer to arriving at work with a spring in your step according to new research from Aviva.
A Swansea company has received a major award for its commitment to staff training and learning.
Congratulations to the new Conservative Government – Now, for the health of the nation, please can we have 5 years of solid support for Cycling?
Cycle Solutions has been selected by ESPO as a preferred provider of the cycle to work scheme for all public sector organisations.
The Costain 150 charity has been created to commemorate the company reaching 150 years old. The target is to raise £1 million throughout 2015 with all proceeds being split equally between the British Heart Foundation, Macmillan Cancer Support, Prince’s Trust and Samaritans. There will be numerous fundraising events by company individuals and projects throughout the year.
Our business development team made an early start on 4th March to set up our stand at the annual Employee Benefits Connect exhibition in London.
For the second year running, record numbers of employees have participated in the cycle to work scheme, new figures released by the Cycle to Work Alliance demonstrate.
Employees of Cycle Solutions and our partner company, Wheelies, have been digging deep to help Mr X to provide Christmas gifts for underprivileged children.
Over 300 employees of Pepsico joined our cycle to work scheme in May this year, shadowing the total achieved by Halfords when the scheme was last run.
Employees from all over Wales joined the cycle to work scheme in floods when it was offered to them by Dwr Cymru (Welsh Water) this August.
Walking or cycling to work is better for people's mental health than driving to work, according to new research by health economists at the University of East Anglia and the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR).
At the moment, we are seeing that only 2% of journeys in the UK are made by bike. Our mission is to increase that average to make for a “Healthier” and “Greener” nation, trying to bring the United Kingdom up to speed with some of the more renowned cycling countries within the EU (such as Holland).
In London, the number of people cycling to work has more than doubled in 10 years, reveals the Office for National Statistics.
Construction is due to start next month on a new cycle hub in Rochdale, next to the railway station and metrolink stop.
Ride Mapper – the new smart phone health tracker available exclusively to employers and customers of Cycle Solutions.
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.
A team of 23 cyclists from The Body Shop recently celebrated finishing a 240 mile bike ride from London to Paris in just three days.
A late night debate in the House of Commons saw 100 MP’s last night debate the Get Britain Cycling report.
Last week, the Government announced an investment of £94 million aimed at getting more people in Britain on bikes. Prime Minister David Cameron hopes this investment will bring a "cycling revolution".
In a speech delivered on 12th August, the PM said he wanted to start "a cycling revolution".
For the next month residents and visitors of Neath Port Talbot will benefit from a mountain bike shuttle service to Afan Forest Park, to experience some of the best mountain biking South Wales has to offer.
The leading sustainable transport charity, Sustrans, has shown that cycling could halve workplace sickness, and inject £13.7bn annually into British businesses through improvements in productivity.
Users of the cycle to work scheme are saving 112,210 tonnes of CO2 every year, according to new research published today by the Cycle to Work Alliance. The survey also found that the scheme continues to play an important role in encouraging more and more commuters to travel to work by bicycle, attracting new cyclists onto their bikes.
Roundabouts like the ones used in the Netherlands could be used in London as early as next year
The Cycle to Work Alliance saw a significant boost in take-up during the beginning of 2013, with almost a fifth more employees signing up to the scheme compared to the same period last year. This increase in demand for the cycle to work scheme was despite the harsh weather conditions over the past months.
Following the success of their own cycle to work scheme, a leading bus operating company has taken steps to ensure that its drivers are more aware of road users on two-wheels.
London Fire Brigades recent Cycle to Work Scheme has raised £6,400 for The Fire Fighters Charity.
Businesscycle was launched at the House of Commons on 25th October. The project replaces the Cycle to Work Guarantee initiative.
The Cycle Solutions Team had a great couple of days at this weeks Employee Benefits Live show at Olympia.
Stagecoach Group employees have benefited from £1-million worth of new bikes as part of the organisation’s bikes-for-work scheme. The scheme operated by provider, Cycle Solutions, is believed to be one of the most successful ever run by a UK employer.
Bradley Wiggins’ Tour de France victory and a desire to avoid busy public transport services during the Olympics could see more people cycle to work.
The Cycle to Work Alliance have teamed up with Brake, the UK’s leading road safety charity, to increase awareness of the role employers can play in helping their staff to cycle to work safely.
Cycling took a big step into the mainstream today with global giant Google adding cycle routes to its leading online route finder.
Let’s get Great Britain cycling this summer!
Cycle commuting in Britain is still on the up - that would seem to be the message of new figures that show a nine per cent rise in the numbers of people using the Cycle to Work Scheme to buy bikes in the first three months of 2012 through some of the biggest providers involved in the scheme.
After a stunning year, including first place in the World road race championship and the Tour de France green jersey, Mark Cavendish has been voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
CILT release 'How to' guide to local authorities to promote effective, low-cost cycling.
Here at Wheelies Direct Cycle Solutions we are committed to ensuring that customers receive the best levels of choice when choosing their new ‘cycle to work’ bike package.
With the Olympics less than 12-months away, many employers across London are finally waking up to the potential transport problems that may arise.
A study published this week by the European Cyclists’ Federation highlights the environmental benefits of cycling to work.
The number of children cycling to school every day has more than doubled in one year, according to the latest Hands Up survey by sustainable transport charity Sustrans.
A Swedish university study has found that the way we travel to work can affect our health
In early 2013, two enthusiastic but clearly slightly crazy engineers from Cheshire will be attempting to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a carbon fibre pedal-powered boat of their own design. Their boat, called Torpedalo, has been designed by Mike Sayer and Mark Byass over the last two years, and the unique vessel has just been built by Norco GRP in Poole.
Those that joined the cycle to work scheme before 27th July this year will now not have to pay VAT on their remaining payments, thanks to a clarification from HMRC.
Cycle Solutions has scooped a top award at the Wales Fast Growth 50 event held in Cardiff on Friday 16th September.
September 9, 2011
Is your journey to work something special? If you get to see some amazing scenery, impressive hills or travel great distances, WE want to hear from you!
Cycle Training Wales to offer Weldtech courses (accredited by Velotech)
The cycling industry produces nearly £3bn a year for the UK economy, according to a new report from the London School of Economics.
On Thursday 29th July 2011, HMRC made an announcement about the treatment of VAT for salary sacrifice schemes (Revenue & Customs Brief (28/11). Cycle Solutions are pleased that this has removed the final element of uncertainty about exactly how schemes should operate and will give employers added confidence when launching cycle to work schemes in future.
Virgin Trains have shown their dedication to cycling to work by introducing 40 more cycle storage points at Stockport train station. There are currently 20 points available to commuters but thanks to funding from Cycling England this can now be increased to allow more people to cycle to the station.
After receiving extra funding for the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland, Cycling Scotland are teaming up with the Energy Saving Trust to offer interest free loans to private and tertiary sector organisations.
Get your workforce moving with Cycle Solutions this Bike Week
George Osborne last week delivered a budget that was dominated by a cut in fuel duty, but failed to mention any plans for sustainable transport such as cycling.
Yesterday we celebrated the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day, and sporting opportunities and participation were one of the key themes in the spotlight.
The Treasury based think-tank has recommended that the Government preserve the Cycle to Work Scheme.
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