Council Cycle Scheme Reducing Car Usage

bikesA scheme encouraging Council staff to buy bicycles appears to have reduced car usage on St Mary’s.

The Town Hall offered 12-month loans through the Cycle to Work scheme last summer. Staff made a saving in tax and reimbursed the Council through salary deductions.

A survey has found that 40% of the 28 employees who took up the offer now make between 1 and 6 fewer car journeys a week. And 30% undertake 6 to 9 fewer car trips.

10% have cut out over 10 car journeys each week.

The scheme has also encouraged more leisure cycling. 60% of participants now cycle more

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