Helping the UK to get on their bikes
Given the focus on travel to work and trying to avoid public transport, the Government has promised to help with the shift away from using buses and trains by announcing a £2 billion package to put cycling and walking at the heart of the Government’s transport policy.
The first stage, worth £250 million, is a series of swift, emergency interventions to make cycling and walking safer including pop-up bike lanes, wider pavements and more cycle and bus-only streets.
For employees who want to start cycling to their place of work, but who do not yet have a bike, the Cycle to Work Scheme already allows employees to save between 25% and 39% on the cost of a new bike (or the increasingly popular electric bikes).
An employer’s guide to the scheme covering issues such as eligibility and the tax implications can be found at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/845725/cycle-to-work-guidance.pdf
There is also a voucher scheme for bike repairs and maintenance and plans are being developed to boost bike fixing facilities. The Government has said that it will fund and work with local authorities across the country to help make it easier for people to use bikes to get to work.
Finally, E-scooter trials will be brought forward from next year to next month and will now be offered to all local areas across the country instead of taking place in only four areas.