Cycle To Work Day Encourages Greener Commuting Choices
Cycle to Work Day is set to take place on Thursday 3rd August this year. Almost two thirds of employees in the UK have access to the Cycle to Work Scheme, a fantastic initiative promoting cycling as a healthy and eco-friendly commuting option. However, surprisingly, only 1 in 4 eligible employees are currently making use of this incredible opportunity. This data prompts to reflect on the untapped potential of the Cycle to Work Scheme and the numerous benefits it brings to individuals and businesses alike.
“There are many benefits of cycling to work. Whether you are looking to brighten up your mood, reduce your environmental impact or escape traffic jams, Cycle to Work Day is an ideal day to start” says Alex Bennett, Head of Marketing at cycleGuard.
The greener mode of transport together with the investment in cycling infrastructure across cities in the UK contributes to many environmental benefits:
Cycling to work offers a compelling solution to reducing air pollution. By opting for two wheels instead of four, commuters significantly decrease the emissions of harmful pollutants and greenhouse gases that motor vehicles release into the atmosphere. Unlike cars, bicycles produce zero tailpipe emissions, meaning they do not degrade air quality. Moreover, cycling helps to improve traffic congestion, which is a major contributor to air pollution in cities. As more people choose to pedal to work, the overall number of cars on the road decreases, leading to smoother traffic flow.
In fact, as 98% of commuter cyclists are willing to cycle in the rain, they make a positive impact in reducing air pollution levels, ultimately contributing to cleaner, healthier, and more breathable urban environments for everyone.
Unlike motor vehicles, bicycles operate silently. By choosing to cycle instead of drive, commuters help create quieter streets and neighbourhoods. This reduction in noise pollution not only contributes to a more peaceful and pleasant urban atmosphere but also benefits people’s well-being.
According to Cycling UK, making a simple yet significant change by swapping just one trip a week from driving to cycling can lead to a remarkable yearly reduction of half a tonne of CO2 emissions. However, the real potential lies in cycling more regularly, as this increases the positive impact on one's carbon footprint. By pedalling to work as a daily commute, cyclists become active participants in combatting climate change.
Encouraging employees to cycle to work not only demonstrates a company’s dedication to the environment but also boosts their reputation. This collective effort enhances their image as an environmentally responsible organisation, appealing to clients, stakeholders, and potential employees. By promoting cycling as an eco-friendly choice, the company raises pride among its workforce and contributes to a greener future for all.
But as Bennett concludes:
“It is important to consider that cycling to work should not only be done on Cycle to Work Day, but all year round."