Cycle to Work scheme booming

The Cycle to Work scheme continues to boom according to the latest market figures.

The biggest providers of the scheme have calculated a 7.95 overall increase in the numbers taking up Cycle to Work in 2012, compared with 2011.

The Cycle to Work Alliance (Cyclescheme, Cycle Solutions, Evans Cycles and Halfords) said that 2012 saw over 86,000 new cyclists commuting to work by bike, exceeding the comparative figure for 2011.

According to a report on BikeBiz The fourth quarter of 2012 saw the largest increase in users – with 30% more individuals signing up to the scheme than in the fourth quarter of 2011. Alliance members said the boost was due in part to the success of British Cyclists during the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Tour de France and more practical matters like the latest batch of above inflation rail fare increases.

Steve Edgell, chair of the Cycle to Work Alliance and director of Cycle Solutions, said: “2012 was one of the most successful years for the cycle to work scheme. With the Olympics boosting the image of cycling, and rising costs deterring people from traditional forms of commuter transport, the scheme has become an increasingly popular and important option.”

Drilling down into the figures, the Alliance said industry data shows that 61% of the scheme’s uptake are new users. Given 141,219 certificates were issued by Alliance members in 2012, there were approximately 86,144 new scheme users, it said. There’s more on that topic in the Alliance’s Behavioural Impact Analysis.

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