Headline
Free training to help staff get cycling to work
Date
Thu, 21 May 2020
Description

Many people in the East Riding have been cycling and walking more often as part of their daily exercise during the lockdown.

As more people slowly return to work, where it is safe to do so, the council is keen to keep its staff cycling and the Road Safety Team is offering free personal cycle training,.

It is encouraging employees to think about whether they could use their bikes to get to work on a regular basis - and inspire other residents to give some thought to walking or cycling to work in the future, instead of defaulting to the car. 

The council wants cycling and walking to become a 'new normal' for people who only have a short daily commute.

Principal officer for road safety Steve Wigley said: "We've seen a lot of people across the county walking and cycling more regularly in the past couple of months.

"Now is the perfect opportunity for us all to really look hard at our future travel habits and to convert these leisure activities into active commuter journeys, reducing the overall number of vehicles on our roads and dependence on cars, creating cleaner, less congested and more enjoyable environments."

"As we all know, daily physical exercise has a huge impact on improving our physical and mental health which East Riding of Yorkshire Council is extremely keen to encourage."

East Riding of Yorkshire Council continues to run the Government-backed Cycle To Work scheme, which allows staff to save an average of 42% on the cost of a new bike. The scheme has recently been relaunched with a new provider, Cycle Solutions.

Staff can choose a new bike from Cycle Solutions, sign a one-year hire agreement with the council, which pays for the bike. They then pay the council back through monthly payments taken from your gross salary.

This means employees pay less tax and National Insurance every month that they are paying for your bike.

Working in partnership with the Cycle To Work scheme, the Road Safety Team are also offering free cycle training to all staff purchasing a new bike.

Steve added: "We are really excited in this partnership and offering cycle training to those employees benefiting from the scheme.

"We want to support more of our staff and give them the necessary road craft skills to make cycling their regular way to commute."

Information about joining the scheme, the full benefits available, and the wide range of bikes and equipment on offer can be found at: www.cyclesolutions.info/eastriding.

Click here to see the poster promoting the new scheme. 

If you are thinking about cycling to work, British Cycling has helpful advice videos on its website at www.britishcycling.org.uk/commuting

For more information, advice or to discuss your cycle training requirements, please email: road.safety.training@eastriding.gov.uk

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