workplace

Cherry Allan's picture

Cycle-friendly employers (CTC views)

Doing everything possible to encourage employees to commute by cycle and to cycle for work purposes helps improve the health and productivity of a workforce, lowers the cost of business transport and eases congestion at peak time.
Cycle commuters arriving at work
Headline Messages: 
  • Encouraging employees to commute by cycle and to cycle on business, can result in a healthier, more productive workforce and lower transport costs.
  • Workplaces that encourage cycling help mitigate their negative impact on the local and wider environment.
  • If employees are encouraged to cycle rather than drive, congestion is less severe at peak times, which is good for business and the economy.
CTC View (formal statement of CTC's policy): 
  • Employers should recognise the health, environmental and economic benefits of promoting the use of cycles for commuting and work purposes.
  • Actions that employers should take include:
    • making cycling an integral part of a Travel Plan
    • paying the full, tax-free cycle mileage rate
    • subscribing to other tax incentives (e.g. the Cycle to Work scheme)
    • incentivising cycling through workplace challenges, events etc.
    • providing good quality facilities (e.g. cycle parking, showers and lockers
    • supporting a bicycle users group (BUG)
    • supplying ‘pool’ bikes
  • Employers should not be discouraged from promoting cycling because of liability fears, neither should they make cycle training or wearing a cycle helmet a prerequisite for cycling on business.

See also CTC's guide to becoming a cycle-friendly employer.

Download full campaigns briefing: 
Publication Date: 
November 2013

Affiliate membership for cycling clubs and groups of all types and sizes

Affiiating your cycling group to CTC brings many benefits
If you are involved in the running of a cycling club, workplace or community cycling group you can affiliate to CTC to access support for your group activities, cycle events and individual members.

Whichever type of cycling you do, whether on or off-road,  many people enjoy riding as a group. For example, people in the workplace, community  and campaigning groups, as well as traditional cycling clubs, may organise cycling activities.

These groups of cyclists can arrange their activities in either a formal manner (e.g. with a membership  subscription) or in an informal way (e.g. by using social media or an email distribution  list). CTC supports groups that operate in an organised manner.

Article Tags

Share This Page

Ian Richardson's picture

Chichester Workplace Cycle Challenge - successfully getting more people on bikes

A county council employee and the managing director of a local business talk about their experiences of the Chichester Workplace Cycle Challenge
Jane Noble, the Chichester Workplace Challenge winner, with her new bike

Jane Noble – West Sussex County Council - Winner of a new Specialized Cross Trail

Jane used to enjoy the occasional commute into work by bike, but this activity was curtailed following the loss or theft of her trusty steed. The challenge has been a catalyst in motivating Jane to cycle the nine miles to work again on an older bike than the one she owned, so she began contemplating buying a new one. Winning the new bike is a real windfall and will help Jane to satisfy her desire to ride to work again more frequently.

Ian Richardson's picture

Workplace Cycle Challenge Case Studies

Over the last three years we have run 28 Workplace Cycle Challenges, engaging more than 47,000 people and 2,600 organisations
Milton Keynes Workplace Challenge Participants

You can see the results of all of our Workplace Cycle Challenge projects on the Challenge for Change  results web page. 

Cherry Allan's picture

Becoming a cycle-friendly employer

Becoming a cycle-friendly employer makes sense. Encouraging cycling helps tackle the business costs of congestion, reduces an organisation's impact on the local and wider environment and even attracts some tax incentives. What's more, it's likely that levels of absenteeism will drop.
Commuter

Many UK towns and cities have a traffic problem - too many cars, poor air quality, congested streets and limited car-parking spaces. This is particularly bad during rush hours, with mass migration of people to and from their workplaces.

Cherry Allan's picture

Tax incentives

Cycle commuting is a convenient way for people to fit exercise into the daily routine, and work-related travel by cycle helps ease congestion and is good for the economy and the environment. To help, the Government has introduced a range of cycle-friendly tax incentives for employers and employees.
A cycle commuter on his way to work

Cycle mileage

Employees who use their own cycle for work (i.e. not to and from work) are entitled to 20p per mile, tax-free.

If an employer pays less than this, or no cycle mileage rate at all (which is not a good thing, of course!), an employee can still claim tax relief by contacting HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) directly.

For more, see HMRC’s guidance for employees who use their own vehicles for work

Syndicate content

Archive

  • Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
  • President: Jon Snow
  • Chief Executive: Gordon Seabright
  • Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC): A company limited by guarantee, registered in England no.25185. Registered as a charity in England and Wales No 1147607 and in Scotland No SC042541
  • CTC Charitable Trust: A company limited by guarantee, registered in England no.5125969. Registered as a charity in England and Wales No 1104324 and Scotland No SC038626

 

Terms and Conditions