The UK nuclear cleanup body Sellafield Ltd has announced the success of Cyclescheme.
Sellafiled have supported cycle to work for many years. Since 2014, nearly 3,000 Sellafield Ltd employees have taken up cycling thanks to the scheme.
→ Over 200 bike shops have been used by Sellfeild employees
→ The average bike value has been £742
→ Over £2m has been spent on bikes and accessories
As well as the scheme, Sellafield have an active BUG (Bicycle User Group) and they offer ‘Bikeability’ training courses through a local cycle dealer. The training takes the cyclist through a comprehensive programme aimed at equipping them with skills and knowledge for safe cycling.
Viv Winter, a member of Sellafield’s cycling group, said:
"Many employees choose to cycle to work. As well as being one of the healthiest and most environmentally friendly modes of transport, cycling is a great way to reduce congestion. Employees have found this hugely beneficial and have really enjoyed it.”
The scheme has been popular with a huge swathe of the workforce and all sorts of bikes have been aquired for workers various commutes.
E-bikes are becoming increasingly popular across the UK as well as with Sellafield employees.
Tracey West, a Sellafield Ltd employee purchased an electric bike last year through the scheme, she said:
The scheme allowed me to buy a powerbike from a local supplier and I now cycle to work every day. It’s a great way of getting fitter, reducing vehicles on the road and a lot better for the environment.
Did you know?
To further support employers wishing to make e-bikes accessable, the Government recently updated the cycle to work guidance. This means that employers can offer scheme's with limits is excess of £1,000 without the need to have their own FCA Authorisation.