Persuade your boss to introduce a Cycle to Work scheme

Posted - August 30, 2016

To celebrate Bike Week 2017, we’re focussing on how everyone can incorporate cycling into their morning commute. If you’re eager to start pedalling to work, using a Cycle to Work scheme is a great way to revitalise your commute, but what can you do if your workplace hasn’t signed up?

Not all businesses are aware of the wide range of benefits a Cycle to Work scheme can bring; from small perks like freeing up parking space and reduced absenteeism to saving money from National Insurance contributions and improved morale.

To celebrate Cycle to Work Day, we’ve put together a list of top tips and business benefits that will convince even the most sceptical boss!  

It’s easy to set up

Setting up a scheme isn’t difficult, we can often set up schemes within a matter of days to get employees (and businesses) reaping the benefits of the scheme. In addition, most local authorities will be thrilled more people are cycling to work and may even be persuaded to provide assistance with building bike sheds at your workplace. 

It’s low cost and will even save them money

Setting up and maintaining a Cycle to Work scheme is not only attractive because of the discounts on bikes and accessories, it can also save employers money. Companies we’ve worked with have made substantial cost savings through a reduction in their National Insurance contributions due to their staff's savings.

Employees will thank them for it

If your boss still isn’t convinced, ask them: “What’s more important than creating a happy, healthy workforce?” In our experience, we know staff feel valued because they have access to a benefit that will improve their fitness and health. Equally, employers benefit from improved attendance with fewer sick days and greater retention in the long term. Cycling is also great for relieving stress, improving mental health and it can burn more than 4,000 calories every week!

It’s a quick-win for their CSR policy

Establishing an effective Cycle to Work scheme is an easy way to prove the company cares about its employees as well as the environment by reducing its carbon footprint. By encouraging people to leave their car at home, scheme users collectively save 112,210 tonnes of CO2 every year!  

As companies are continually looking for ways to be socially and environmentally responsible, reminding them of this could be a deal breaker.

It will free up their car parks

With more employees using bikes, car parks won’t be as full as they are now. Introducing a Cycle to Work scheme means fewer allocated spaces are needed for parking; twenty bicycles can be parked in the same space as a single car!

So what are you waiting for? Introduce the idea of a Cycle to Work scheme in your company today, your bosses and your colleagues will thank you for it!

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