Readers who have been tempted to cycle to work but are challenged by fitness issues or really can’t afford the bike they would like, might be interested in the recent announcement that has extended the existing Cycle to work scheme to include the use of so-called e-bikes.
These are bikes with electric motors that assist with taking on those challenging gradients.
Here’s what the Department for Transport have said:
A refreshed Cycle to Work scheme could help many more commuters turn to greener journeys using e-bikes.
- push to increase use of e-bikes to help tackle congestion, speed up commutes and cut travel costs coincides with the launch of Bike Week
- refreshed government guidance will make it easier for employers to provide cycles and equipment including e-bikes worth over £1,000
- employers encouraged to get their workforces cycling through loan and pooled cycle schemes, as part of government plans to encourage more active travel
Commuters will have more opportunities to boost their health, benefit the environment and speed up their journey to work, thanks to updated Cycle to Work guidance.
Cycling Minister Michael Ellis has announced a refreshed scheme today (9 June 2019), which could help many more commuters turn to greener journeys using e-bikes, 70,000 of which were sold in the UK last year.
E-bikes have an integrated motor that helps a cyclist pedal, allowing them to reach speeds of up to 15.5 mph in the UK. They are seen as a game changer for their potential to make it easier for older or less fit people to make cycling a part of their commute.
The refreshed guidance will make it easier for employers to provide bicycles and equipment including e-bikes worth over £1,000, by making it clear that FCA authorised third party providers are able to run the scheme on their behalf.
If you are interested, we suggest that you seek out a local bike dealer who can organise the formalities for you.