Cycling to work has many benefits, such as saving money on petrol or other forms of transport and promoting a healthier lifestyle. The Cycle to Work scheme has been promoted to be government to encourage cycling to and from work. It’s designed to make it easier for you to afford a bike and get started with everything you need for a regular cycling commute! So, how does it work?
Simply, the Cycle to Work scheme allows employers to help their employees acquire a bike, tax-free, through a salary sacrifice scheme. The employer purchases the employee’s choice of bike and then loans it to the employee. This takes the form of a tax-free benefit, on the condition that it is mainly used to get to and from work, or for other work-related purposes.
A loan amount is then agreed by the employer and employee, which is then deducted from the employee’s salary, before tax and national insurance. At the end of the hire period, the employee is given the opportunity to buy the bike for a small sum. This also includes any equipment or accessories purchased with the bike. If the employee decides they don’t wish to buy the bike, it is given back to the employer.
Want to find out more? The best place to start is by talking to your employer. Not all employers are able to offer this scheme, but many do. They can then instruct you further.
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There are loads of great reasons to cycle to work. Take a look at the list below. Hopefully, you’ll be convinced to give it a try!
The NHS recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week. This includes cycling, which would amount to around 30 minutes of cycling a day, for your average 5-day work week. This means that you’re going to be regularly going above and beyond this target! Regular cycling has also been proven to improve your cardiovascular health (that’s your heart), and increase lung capacity and efficiency, making you fitter!
Cycling to and from work every day will help turn your body into a fat-burning machine! The more often you exercise, the more fat-burning enzymes you produce. This means that you’ll burn more calories on average, even when you’re resting. A 15-minute cycle, to and from work, 5 times a week will burn the equivalent of ¾ stone in fat per year!
By reducing the amount, you use your car, you can reduce your carbon footprint. Combating climate change has never been more important, so even cycling to and from work helps you do your part! Not only this, you’ll save a load of money on parking charges and fuel every week.