Research produced by YouGov on behalf of Cycling UK has shown that a large portion of young people are strongly considering changing their transport habits in the face of challenges to finances and environmental factors. Karim told CI.N that in FY2021 he used the E-Cargo for 27% of all local trips (196 trips across ~500 miles) with an annual fuel bill of just £1.51 Cycling UK has said that employers have a role to play in the matter and should be doing more to assist cash strapped staff with active travel options. 43% of 18 to 24 year-olds (the UK’s lowest paid at average mean earnings of £12,275) are now strongly considering their transport options. Cycling UK says that those who do cater for those who cycle to work with facilities such as secure parking are more likely to be seen as offering perks and thus have better staff retention.
Sarah Mitchell, Cycling UK’s chief executive, says: “People should be considering cycling as a cost-effective way to commute shorter journeys. The upfront investment, even with eBikes, soon pays for itself when you consider how much you are saving at the petrol pump.
“However, there are still lingering perceived barriers to cycling, and employers can play a key role in making it a realistic and practical option for their staff. It’s a win-win solution; companies can attract the best young talent while enjoying better staff retention and productivity. At the same time, it eases the financial burden on workers, who no longer […]