Leicester City Council has selected Green Commute Initiative as its cycle to work provider for council employees.
The Green Commute Initiative (CGI) differs from other cycle to work providers as it has overcome the increasingly off-putting £1,000 limit on the purchase price of bikes (opening a wider range of e-bike purchases, for instance, to those using the scheme) and there are no scheme exit fees.
Leicester City Council has chosen to use GCI’s corporate platform which allows the HR & Rewards Team at the council to set their own scheme parameters. A order limit of £5,000 has been set and the maximum salary sacrifice period is 48 months. According to GCI, typical employee savings are 32%.
“As a cycle friendly workplace, we are always looking for ways which will encourage staff to cycle to work,” said Max Longley, Scheme Manager and Transport Development Officer. “We opted to go with the Green Commute Initiative as it is the only cycle to work scheme which will allow our staff to purchase bikes above the value of £1,000. This is important as it will give staff the opportunity to purchase a wide range of electric bikes. Additionally, we felt that GCI gave staff a fairer deal by not charging high end of scheme fees.”
GCI’s founder and MD, Rob Howes, added: “I am thrilled to have Leicester City Council on board with GCI. Their mission to transform Leicester into Britain’s sustainable city is commendable and we are delighted to be supporting their efforts to achieve this. Giving council employees access to a wider range of bikes, including E-bikes and cargo bikes, can only be a good thing for both them and the environment. We’re also pleased to be utilising, once again, the framework agreement established with Somerset County Council by benefits provider, My Staff Shop.”
Other recent wins for GCI include Sustrans.