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Cycle to Work Schemes on the up in 2012

Street furniture manufacturers Bailey Streetscene discuss the benefits of the Cycle to Work scheme after an increase of 9% in the first three months of 2012.


The Cycle to Work scheme has seen a nine per cent increase in take up in the first three months of 2012 compared to the same period last year, it has been revealed this week.

According to figures released by the Cycle to Work Alliance, between January and March this year 23,400 people signed up to the scheme, which gives discounts of up to 42 per cent to bike buyers and is designed to reduce the number of people who get to work in their car.

Members of the Cycle to Work Alliance include Halfords, Evans Cycles, Cycle Solutions and Cyclescheme and the rise comes after the tax implications for companies who are part of the scheme were given clarification by HMRC.

According to figures from the Cycle to Work Alliance more than 400,000 people to date have used the scheme to get discounts on cycles, bike accessories or other items, and some 23,000 workplaces have Cycle to Work schemes in place.

2012 is set to be a great year for cycling enthusiasts and those who want to boost their personal fitness by getting on their bike, and as well as the Summer of Cycling event planned for later this year, the London 2012 Olympics could help to further boost interest in the cycling scheme.

Bailey Street Scene specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of all kinds of street furniture, including bollards, cycle shelters and cyclepods which can provide safe storage of all kinds of bikes.

Commenting on the news of boosted interested in cycling to work, managing director at Bailey Street Scene Ian Bailey said: “It’s great news that more people are set to be leaving their cars behind and getting to work on two wheels. We enjoy a great partnership with cycle storage firm Cyclepods and we encourage anyone choosing to do their bit for the environment by cycling to work to ensure they store their bike safely. “

Cyclepods can be seen all over the UK, including within the grounds of Sussex University, at the KPMG premises on Canary Wharf and at many hospitals.

Cycling is a great way of improving overall fitness and as well as boosting energy and helping people to maintain a healthy weight  it has been proven to lower stress levels. Figures from the NHS show that someone weighing 12st 9lb can burn more than 650 calories with just one hour of cycling.

If you’re looking for storage solutions to ensure your staff can safely store their cycles visit and take a look at our vast range of cycle shelters including the Cyclepods range. We are accredited suppliers of Cyclepods products and we also specialise in the design, manufacture and installation of picnic tables and street furniture.


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