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Cycling to work could save commuters in the North-west up to £730 each per year, according to research to mark Cycle to Work Day by employee benefits provider, Blackhawk Network.
In a survey of over 2,000 UK employees, the cost of travel to work, including fuel prices, was cited as a top concern for almost two-thirds (58%) of employees, second only to utility bills (73%). Two-fifths (40%) of those who travel to work by car or motorbike, and 82% of people travelling by train, reported noticing a significant increase in the average daily cost of travel compared to a year ago, but despite this, only 13% of began cycling to work in the past year.
With (39%) of commuters considering changing their mode of transport to work, Blackhawk Network has called on employers in the North-west to make it easier to access cycling as an option for getting to the office as part of efforts to support colleagues with the rising cost-of-living.
In addition to cycle-to-work programmes such as Cyclescheme and benefits packages that can offer discounts on the upfront cost of equipment to start cycling, employers can also consider ensuring access to shower facilities and secure bike storage on-site. Encouraging your workforce to cycle to work can also help support environmental business goals.
4th August is Cycle to Work Day, aimed at encouraging more commuters to try out cycling to work. Blackhaw Network’s online survey of 2,006 employees was carried out by Sapio Research in July 2022 and commissioned to mark the 10th anniversary of Cycle to Work Day.