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The UK government has been trying to get people on their bikes since the introduction of the Cycle to Work scheme back in 1999.
If you’re thinking about switching up your commute why not save some money in the process by taking advantage of a Cycle to Work scheme.
In a nutshell, the scheme lets you get up to £1000 worth of bike and safety gear through your employer. You then pay a monthly salary sacrifice (usually over a 12-18 month period). So your employer buys the bike and you effectively buy it off them in monthly salary reductions for the period of the scheme.
At the end of the scheme you have the option of buying the bike outright at a discounted price, continuing to hire the bike for up to three years, or simply handing the bike and equipment back over.
To join a cycle to work scheme all you need to do is find out if your work is signed up to a scheme, and then find out which retailers you can shop with on that scheme, as there are slight variations between different ones.
You might be surprised at the amount you could save through this scheme.
Firstly you would be saving on your commute. Driving or taking public transport, especially in somewhere like London, can be silly expensive.
The salary sacrifice means that the cost is spread out over small monthly installments, and these are taken from your gross salary (before tax) so you’ll be paying less tax.
The health benefits of cycling are remarkable. It linked to improved lung health – studies have found that those who commute by bike are exposed to lowest amount of pollution, compared to drivers, bus users and a pedestrians.
It is also great for our brains. The increased blood flow means that our brains receive loads more healthy chemicals, and that has been linked with reduced risk of dementia later in life.
Being active and doing exercise massively improves our mental wellbeing. Cycling releases a nice burst of endorphins and adrenaline which helps us feel happy and more confident. Its also a great stress relief and great way to clear the mind – not to mention it helps us sleep.
It is important to make sure that before you set of on your cycle to work, you do everything you can to keep yourself safe on the roads. Check out some of the safety products that are recommended for your safety by our cycling retailers.
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