As the biggest nationwide cycling event in the United Kingdom, Bike Week encourages over half a million people to join in events, switch to cycling as the most convenient way to get around and rethink everyday journeys. 2016’s Bike Week takes place between 11th – 19th June, with nationwide cycling events filling up the calendar until New Year’s Eve!
Bike Week is an annual event promoting cycling across the UK, demonstrating how cycling can easily become part of everyday life, encouraging ‘everyday cycling for everyone’. The week aims to encourage more people to cycle to work, to the shops, to see friends; and champions the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling.
This year’s Bike Week has a specific focus; which is to encourage people to use their bicycles to get to and from their place of work. It’s anticipated that many participants will scope out their routes and take part in ‘buddy rides’ with colleagues, and to also take part in workplace cycling challenges as part of a team. There are plenty of events planned throughout 2016 to celebrate Bike Week; find out how you can get involved!
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Alternatively, you may want to become an event organiser to get your colleagues involved in Bike Week this month. Take advantage of the free support and advice to help you make your event a success, and become part of a nationwide event. As a Bike Week event organiser, you will receive event registration, public liability insurance, promotional material, national publicity and website tools – all free of charge.
Why take part?
Commuting may be a necessity to get to work, but is driving your car the right way of doing it? In the UK, transport emissions account for 21% of the carbon footprint nationwide, while commuters are wasting 4.6 million hours a day commuting – delayed trains, traffic jams, and more! Unsurprisingly, 62% of commuters would like to reduce the amount of time travelling to and from work, with almost a third saying they’d like the option to work from home or other remote locations in order to reduce the time spent commuting.
If you live close to work, then cycling is an eco-friendly way to commute, while helping you get fit too! An additional bonus is that employers have a tax exemption, whereby they provide bicycles and safety equipment tax-free.
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Additionally, employers benefit from National Insurance contribution savings, so a company will in fact make more money on every bike purchased! To get started, take a look at ‘Cycle Scheme’, an initiative started by Government as part of the Green Transport Plan. Employers can buy bikes from one of the 1,700 participating stores and hire them out to employees. The employer can claim back the VAT – saving around 40% of the overall cost – while the employee pays for the bike through a salary sacrifice.
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