Cycle to work scheme
Double digits, days growing longer, and daffodils along the roads – it is a good time to cycle. The University launches it’s new Cycle to Work scheme, providing up to £2,500 financial assistant to buy a new bike and equipment.
220% more searches for local cycling routes was made last year. Cycling is increasing in popularity and as a response, the University has launched a new Cycle to Work scheme. The scheme supports staff to get their daily exercise during the Covid-19 pandemic by cycling. The benefits go beyond a healthy and enjoyable exercise break during the workday by also preparing us for a low carbon commute once we are back to work.
The Cycle to Work scheme is a partnership with the Green Commute Initiative. It is a cost effective way to buy a bike and cycling equipment up to the value of £2500. The repayment stretches over either a 12 or 24-month period.
The scheme’s higher limit enables staff to look at a wide range of bikes through a local bike shop network, including fantastic e-bikes that make headwinds and hills a doddle. It also allows you to purchase cargo bikes, which make trips to the shops and moving kids around easier.
You can get advise from the Green Commute Initiative on adapted bikes for special needs. You can also learn more about inclusivity and accessibility in cycling by joining the conversations at Switching Gears Festival (Monday 22 to Friday 26 March). Our Cycling Officer, Tamzin Dewar, has Invited speakers from the likes of Gears for Queers, #AndSheCycles, Scottish Disability Sport and SUSTRANS. Listen to their plans and share your ideas on how we make cycling accessible for everyone in higher and further education.