Get on Your Bike!
Friday 19th March
Bedford Borough Council has confirmed its
commitment to tackling climate change, reducing congestion and
helping its staff live healthier lives by signing up to the
The Government backed programme allows
employees to claim a voucher to buy a new bike to cycle to work.
They then pay back the cost of that bike with tax free deductions
from their salary.
The scheme is available to all employers, not
just local authorities. However, the Council’s involvement is part
of the ongoing commitment to encouraging more people to use
bicycles in their everyday life.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said:
“Joining the Cycle2Work scheme is an excellent step forward but is
also just one part of our commitment to helping our staff live
healthier lives and finding greener ways to travel into work.
“We are doing everything we can to make
Bedford a cycle-friendly borough. This will help our efforts to
reduce carbon emissions in line with the 10:10 initiative, help
residents of Bedford live healthier lives and also help as part of
the ongoing efforts to reduce congestion around the town.
Agnes Inness, a languages teacher at Biddenham
Upper School plans to sign up having suggested the Council join the
scheme after a cycling holiday in Switzerland.
She said: “When I returned to work I knew that
meant a return to my car, slow moving traffic and longer journeys
in the morning.
“But, now the Council are introducing this
scheme I will have to get out of my car and onto a bike – at least
the snow has gone!
“Even if I use a bike for only some of my
journeys I know I shall be doing my bit for the environment. I hope
other employers follow suit.”
Bedford Borough Council has now met all 5
commitments of the Department for Transport’s ‘Cycle to Work
Guarantee’. This means the Council:
Provides secure, safe, and accessible bike
parking facilities for all staff who want them.
Provides good quality changing and locker
facilities for all staff who want them.
Offsets the cost of cycling equipment and save
on tax through the ‘Cycle to work scheme’
Offers bike repair on or near site
Training, reward and incentive programs to
achieve targets for more cycling
This compliments the ‘Borough Cycles’ and
‘Borough Bikes’ schemes which are already running and offer staff
the opportunity to borrow or loan cycles for short periods.
Meanwhile, the Council is also working hard to
make it easier for all residents in the borough to cycle more by
adding new cycle lanes throughout Bedford. Other schemes due to be
delivered in the very near future include:
New cycle parking racks to be installed at
various points in the town centre.
New cycle lanes will be added to a route
joining the east and west of Bedford via Bromham Road and