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Employers must do more to encourage active travel to work

Employers must do more to encourage active travel to work

As the UK celebrates Bike Week (6-12 June 2022), Cycling UK, the UK’s cycling charity, tells employers they must do more to encourage active travel.…

Wednesday, Jun 08

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As the UK celebrates Bike Week (6-12 June 2022), Cycling UK, the UK’s cycling charity, tells employers they must do more to encourage active travel. New research carried out by YouGov on behalf of Cycling UK published today, Monday 6 June, shows 43% of young people (18-24-year-olds) are considering changing their method of travel due to expected increases in transport costs.

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 e-cycles, 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 need to pay to go to the gym yet will feel happier and healthier.” The findings are published as the reduction in disposable income forces households to tighten budgets and workers are forking out a greater proportion of their income simply to get to work.

A staggering 81% of respondents across all age groups are expecting their transport costs to increase over the next six months. Of these, 18-24-year-olds are the most likely to be considering alternatives (43%), including active travel.

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