As we emerge from a post-lockdown UK, many of us are returning to the office and have been encouraged to cycle to work, ditching cars and public transport.
In celebration of “Cycle to Work” day 2020, money.co.uk has created a Cycling to Work guide, displaying relevant data and guidance to enable beginners to cycle to work without huge expense.
Data collected from Gov.UK’s walking and cycling statistics show that the city of Cambridge is the hub of cycling to work in the UK, where 60% of people chose their bike over other modes of transport between three to five times weekly.
Cambridge was recently the first place in the UK to open a “Dutch Roundabout” which gives cyclists priority over motor vehicles. This increase in the number of people cycling to work comes after the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s Combined Authority’s recent declaration of £2.9 million to improve cycle and pedestrian facilities across the region to get more people walking and cycling.
As pop-up cycle lanes have been introduced throughout the capital, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the interest in cycling is only expected to grow. In fact, a recent poll found the majority of Londoners support moves to give more space to pedestrians and cyclists, making temporary measures more permanent.
In contrast, areas such as Burnley, Hyndburn and Cannock Chase are areas found to have the lowest cycle to work rate, with cyclist reporting they cycle to work once a week in these areas.
However, with the government pledging earlier this year that they have plans to pump £2 billion into cycling across the UK, residents in the least popular areas will be given more of an opportunity to take up two-wheeled means of transport.
Alternatively, bike share schemes that communities can utilise have become more accessible in the UK during recent months. Example schemes include, London Cycle Hire which offers access to more than 11,500 bikes across the capital, Nextbike, Hourbike Network, Beryl, Lime and Jump, which was acquired by Lime in May.
These bike share schemes allow users to hire a conventional or e-Bike depending available in each location, for a certain period for a cheaper price. This can be done in person or in some cases, by using an app on your smartphone. You simply locate your nearest bike share scheme location, rent your bike and return it to a docking station once you have finished your journey.
For further guidance on various Cycling to Work schemes and other consumer-related tips, money.co.uk has created a Cycling to Work guide which can be viewed at https://www.money.co.uk/guides/cycling-to-work.