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

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  • Posted by Jerriaisjanne February 19, 2021 at 15:00

    E-bikes are just too expensive! Some are competing with the cheapest cars in terms of cost. If someone already owns a car they might not see the value in also owning an e-bike. Something needs to be done about that.
  • Posted by SimonLanglois February 19, 2021 at 20:49

    In response to the post "E-bikes are just too expensive!", but are they expensive compared to the cost to our environment?

    Not wishing to argue, but they are not competing with the cheapest cars in terms of cost - the cheapest car is the Dacia Sandero which is about 5-6 times the cost of an E-bike, but then you have the costs of insurance, fuel, servicing, parking, etc..

    One reason they are so much more expensive than conventional bicycles is the very high demand, especially in Europe where, dare I say, they are more advanced in their views on E-bikes.

    Although I had to wait over a year for the E-bike I ordered, it's been one of the best purchases I've ever made. I kept my last bike for over 20 years, so if I can do the same with this one, then it works out as £100/year which is excellent value for powered transport!

    Prices will drop, but it would be good to see another E-bike subsidy scheme (which I missed out on last time) ;-)
  • Posted by jcwyatt February 21, 2021 at 21:23

    The UK tax break on bikes for work is popular and successful. It would be great to see a similar scheme in Jersey.
     
  • Posted by EVie March 13, 2021 at 09:21

    We agree that for many e-bikes are expensive. But there are ways to overcome this and provide access to e-bikes at an affordable price. Rent them by the month and return them when you don't need them.

    EVie has introduced its BlueBike (https://evie.je/bluebike/) scheme to address this. BlueBikes are regular electric bikes that can be hired by the month. Subscriptions include maintenance, helmet and lock - if a bike can not be mended immediately, a new bike is provided to allow users to continue cycling without interruption. Subscriptions and can be ended any time. So, for instance, a subscriber can rent a bike for the sunny summer months and return it for the winter.

    This is a copy of the hugely successful Swapfiets business model that originated in Holland. Swapfiets now has many thousand of monthly subscriptions in many cities in Europe and the UK.
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