e-bike and cycle to work scheme
Introduce a proper e-bike and Cycle to Work subsidy scheme. Provide tax incentives for employers to encourage their staff to get on with a Cycle to Work scheme. Partner with the local bike shops to spread the scheme benefits across those local businesses.
The two previous e-bike schemes were not as successful as they could have been. It needs to be more targeted rather than just helping a small number of relatively better off people securing a discount on an e-bike.
With the technology available you could link the tax benefits or discounts to miles cycled between home and work/school for instance.
Why the contribution is important
Enabling and encouraging work providers to get their employees cycling or getting to work actively will reap multiple benefits.
Better engaged and more productive staff.
Healthier staff meaning fewer sick days.
Happier and better mental well being across the staff members.
Reduction in health care costs. With things like Type 2 diabetes forecast to be 19% of the healthcare budget by 2035, getting people active will make a huge cost saving.
The reduction in air pollution will save lives with the numbers dying prematurely through air pollution rising dramatically, and quite unnecessarily.
by Chos on February 19, 2021 at 12:06AM