Reports show that people in the UK are increasingly using their bicycles to get to work each day. The cycle to work bike-purchase scheme, which offers a variety of incentives to citizens, together with increased rail fares has clearly motivated British workers to commute by bike. Express.co.uk reports that the number of employees signing up for the cycle to work bike-purchase scheme through their employers has reached 22.5% in the past year alone.
What is the cycle to work bike-purchase scheme?
This scheme is a Government funded tax-free-loan scheme which aims to reduce the cost of a bike by up to 42%. Thereby encouraging people to lower their carbon footprint and opt for a more economical means of transport to work.
The benefits of a 'green' commute
Commuting to work by bike has not only economic advantages, but it also involves significant benefits for obese people. The Daily Mail reports that obese people are almost twice as likely to suffer migraines as those who are slim, proving that a person's weight is closely linked to their overall health and well-being at work. Cycling is vital to maintain a good physical and mental condition at work, and with the right diet and lifestyle, can help obese employees to reach a more healthy weight. With productivity levels and work performance linked to the health and fitness of employees, tere is a hgher chance of solid productivity when an employee's well-being is excellent.
Despite this new 'healthy-kick' taken up by many British workers, there has been a number of reports lately on the rise of obesity, especially within the workplace. Obesity is a serious problem and one that people find tremendously difficult to deal with. In many cases, people have lost out on jobs due to their weight and incapacity to perform the job safely and correclty. So... maybe this new trend of cycling to work can actually help to reduce the number of workers who suffer the side effects of obesity?
If you haven't already started thinking of integrating cycling in to your daily commuting routine, now is the time to get onboard!
Have you benefited from the Government bike scheme?