A Cycle to Work scheme is playing a key role in improving the health of employees and creating a healthier workplace, according to a new survey.
Research conducted by the Cycle to Work Alliance — a group of the leading providers of the cycle to work scheme, such as Evans Cycles and Halfords — found that the general health and well being of staff and employers had contributed to weight loss and lower stress levels.
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Steve Edgell, Chair of the Cycle to Work Alliance and Managing Director of Cycle Solutions said: “Both employers and employees recognise the contribution that the Cycle to Work scheme makes to employee health. With companies increasingly aware of the importance of developing a workplace that promotes employee wellbeing and health, it is clear that from a business perspective, the scheme is making a big contribution in these areas.
“This research also shows that by making physical activity an integral part of people’s lifestyles, the scheme is an effective mechanism for encouraging non and novice cyclists to cycle regularly, and achieving a step-change in behaviour.
“As well as supporting the objectives of businesses, it is clear that the cycle to work scheme is a key mechanism for delivering on the Government’s public health objectives and its specific aim to double the number of journeys made bicycle. The Alliance is obviously delighted in the part it can play in driving these positive behaviours.”
The survey revealed that 86 per cent of employees believe that cycling to work has led to health benefits, while 60 per cent of respondents said that cycling to work has improved their productivity at work. In addition, over half of employers agreed that the scheme played an important role in staff engagement, emphasising the wider benefits to the workplace.