Have you ever sat in a queue of traffic on the way to work and seen a cyclist zoom past and disappear into the distance? Well that could be you!
Why sit bumper to bumper, getting stressed about being late, when you can cycle to work, often saving you time and money?
And the best bit is that because you have incorporated your exercise into your routine, you won't have to go home via the gym, meaning you have more free time.
Getting cycling doesn't need to be costly, even if you don't have a bike. The Government's Cycle To Work scheme offers employees tax-free bikes through a salary sacrifice initiative, saving you money.
Your employer can "loan" you bikes and cycle equipment as part of their employee benefits package. You get to choose your bike and equipment, paying monthly instalments, which are at a reduced rate because you don't pay tax or National Insurance contributions on them, and at the end of the 12 months, you have the opportunity to keep the bike and equipment by paying a nominal sum. Typically, you can save around 50 per cent on the cost of the bike.
The scheme is available to UK tax payers who pay PAYE.
Tim Dukes, Cycle Woking's Community Travel Advisor, can advise your employer on the range of companies that administer the scheme, taking all the hard work away from them. Further details are available on the Cycle Scheme webpage.
Cycling and your employer
A cycling workforce is a healthier workforce, which means less time off sick so it makes sense that your employer should be doing all they can to help you to cycle to work. You are also less likely to be late because you won't get stuck in traffic and your company will require fewer parking spaces saving them money.
If you are worried about where to store your bike, then ask your employer to install cycle parking, or ask if there is a store room or area you can lock your bike inside.
provide changing facilities - this could include showers, lockers or a drying room
provide information on local routes
pay a mileage allowance for business travel carried out on bike.