Cycle to Work scheme includes e-bike perks

Commuters now have more opportunities to improve the environment and speed up their journey to work, thanks to updated Cycle to Work guidance.

Announcing a refreshed scheme, Cycling Minister Michael Ellis said that changes could help many more commuters turn to greener journeys using e-bikes, 70,000 of which were sold in the UK last year. E-bikes are seen as a game changer for their potential to make it easier for older or less fit people to make cycling a part of their commute.

The refreshed guidance will make it easier for employers to provide bicycles and equipment including e-bikes worth over £1,000, by making it clear that FCA authorised third party providers are able to run the scheme on their behalf.

Cycle to Work schemes, first introduced by the government 20 years ago, have helped thousands of people clean up their commute. They promote cleaner, healthier journeys to and from work by allowing employees to save money on a new bike or accessories via a salary sacrifice scheme.

Ellis said: “Cycling is a vital and easy way to improve air quality, reduce pollution and create vibrant towns and cities. Making sure that bikes are easily available is crucial to helping more people make the switch to greener modes of transport. Ensuring people of all abilities and fitness levels can cycle together is a key part of this. I want everyone to feel empowered to make cycling a part of their everyday lives, and our refreshed guidance provides many incentives to help people do this.”

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