Cycle to work scheme continues to grow in popularity

More than 180,000 people signed up to their employers' cycle to work scheme in 2014, an 11.6 per cent increase on the previous year

The number of people taking advantage of their employers’ cycle to work scheme has risen for the second consecutive year, according to figures released by the Cycle to Work Alliance.

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In 2014, 183,423 employees participated in the scheme, and 11.6 per cent increase on 2013’s figures.

A recent survey also showed that over 70 per cent of first time participants were occasional, novice or non-cyclists before joining the scheme.

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Steve Edgell, director of cycle solutions and chair of the Cycle to Work Alliance, said: “It is clear that the cycle to work scheme is a key mechanism for delivering on the Government’s health and sustainable transport objectives, such as those set out in the draft Cycling Delivery Plan.

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“The Alliance is obviously delighted in the part it can play in driving these positive behaviours, with 2014’s figures showing that the scheme is on an upward trajectory and more people than ever across the country taking up cycling.”

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.