Becoming a cycle-friendly employer

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Becoming a cycle-friendly employer makes sense. Encouraging cycling helps tackle the business costs of congestion, reduces an organisation's impact on the local and wider environment and even attracts some tax incentives. What's more, it's likely that levels of absenteeism will drop.
It makes sense for employers to welcome people who cycle to work

Tax incentives

These include:

  • Mileage allowance - this is currently 20p a mile for staff using their own cycles whilst on business. As cyclists don't have to buy petrol, their mileage cost of is substantially lower than driving (45p a mile). This makes cycling a real, cost-efficient alternative, particularly over short distances, or in conjunction with travel by public transport for longer journeys. 
  • The loan of cycles/safety equipment/ (e.g. helmets, reflective clothing, child seats etc);
  • The Cycle to Work Scheme, which allows employers to rent cycles for commuting purposes to staff, who then pay less tax.

Our guide to tax incentives goes into more detail.

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