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8 Aug 2019

Cycle to Work Day is back for it's seventh year

7 Aug 2019

All councils within England were requested to provide details of how many businesses had been taken to court for non-payment of their business rates during the 2018/19 financial year....

6 Aug 2019

Love to Ride are back with Cycle September as an initiative to encourage
thousands of individuals and businesses around the globe to enjoy all
the benefits of bike riding. The aim...

1 Aug 2019

Whilst there is an obvious opportunity for IBDs to sell e-scooters it is important they provide clear advice to consumers at the point of sale about where e-scooters may be legally used.
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25 Jul 2019

The Cycle Show is the one of the country's biggest cycling events and is now celebrating its 18th year. In attendance will be more than 300 exhibitors and over 500 brands including the...

24 Jul 2019

The Best Small Shops Competition provides you with the opportunity to represent the Cycle sector and celebrate local bike shops across the nation. The competition recognises the innovative...

24 Jul 2019

The new and exciting V12 Sportive challenges cyclists to conquer the demanding climbs of South Wales in a 75 or 100 mile route starting and finishing on the iconic Barry Island Resort.

19 Jul 2019

At the beginning of July ATG Training visited Scotland to carry out a number of Cytech technical two assessments, enabling experienced bike mechanics living and working there to gain the...

17 Jul 2019

As indepedent businesses are increasingly affected by political factors and a lack of government support, the UK retail industry is becoming a crisis situation with hundreds of independent...

4 Jul 2019

The annual search to find Britain’s Best Small Shop, a competition managed by the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC), begins today with a focus on consumer engagement and how...

How was Cycle to Work Day for you?

Posted on in Cycles News

Since 1990 the percentage of the population that cycles to work has continued to increase year on year. A report conducted by the Department of Transport shows that the average bicycle miles travelled per cyclist per year has increased from 687 miles in 2002 to an impressive 1,144 miles in 2017!

As a nation, Britain continues to strive for successful cycling - in 2017, cyclists travelled 3.3 billion miles on British roads, 3% further than in the previous year, and 29% further than 20 years ago!

Encouraging more people to join the cycling movement!

So, what is preventing more people from cycling to work? The Department for Transport found that the top two reasons that people don't cycle to work are road safety concerns and not having access to a bicycle.

In May 2019 the ACT launched a 4 part definitive guide to safer cycling series, which included elements such as how to avoid road collisions, how to dress appropriately and how to ride in different conditions.  As more cyclists take to the roads the government has created initiatives to help improve cycling safety, such as Cambridge's Dutch-style roundabout which gives priority to cyclists over motorists. But is enough being done?

What is Cycle to Work Day?

Launched in 2012, Cycle to Work Day celebrates the UK Government's Cycle to Work scheme that started in 2011 hoping to encourage more people to get on their bikes and cycle to work. In 2018, more than 25,000 people took part in the initiative.

The annual event invites employers as well as individuals to sign up and reap the potential benefits of active commuting including increased workplace productivity, lower rates of sick leave and improved wellbeing.

There have been initiatives run up and down the country, for example commuters in London had the opportunity to travel to work for free on Santander bicycles (Boris bikes) on the 8th of August. 

Whilst Cycle to Work has been successfully operating now for more than 20 years, seen improvements to the scheme (the recent inclusion of e-bikes), and has brought in new customers through the doors of the IBD a recent article in CIN questioned the role of third party Cycle to Work providers. 
 
Has Cycle to Work Day had an impact on your shop? Let us know in the comments below.

An already established solution

To encourage more people to purchase their first bike or upgrade their current one there is an increasingly popular already in place at c.700 IBDs across the country.

Ride it away retail finance is an already well-established solution for consumers. It provides an easy solution to spread the cost of higher priced items, with the advantage of bundling in other accessories, with a limit of up to £15,000 - and customers can ride the bike away, straight away! 

Find out more about Ride it away retail finance here.


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