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What bicycle do you ride on, to your NHS workplace?

All about cycling..
1. Tourer
 
14% (1 votes)
2. Mountain Bike
 
0% (0 votes)
3. Racer
 
0% (0 votes)
4. Folding Bike
 
0% (0 votes)
5. Hybrid Bike
 
86% (6 votes)
6. Electric Bike
 
0% (0 votes)
7. A Trike
 
0% (0 votes)
8. recumbent bicycle
 
0% (0 votes)
9. Cargo bike
 
0% (0 votes)
10. eCargo bike
 
0% (0 votes)
11. Vintage Bike pre 1980's
 
0% (0 votes)
 

A Free Ride?

Ten reasons why NHS should encourage staff to cycle by increasing their bicycle mileage rate - A Free Ride? This Document was initally published in 2008. However after consultation with CTC (Cycle Touring Club) and their Policy Director they came up with the following text revision.

Ten reasons why NHS should encourage staff to cycle by increasing their bicycle mileage rate - A Free Ride? 

1. It’s healthy. Regular cycling in mid-adulthood typically gives a level of fitness equivalent to being 10 years younger and a life-expectancy 2 years above the average.  Those who cycle to work arrive more alert and take less sick-leave – so the employer also benefits.

 

2. It’s clean. A bicycle is the ultimate zero-emission vehicle.  Switching from car to cycle use reduces pollution and helps meet public health targets.

 

3. It’s quiet. Traffic noise contributes to mental health problems and disturbs patients.

 

4. It’s safe. You are less likely to be killed in a mile of cycling than a mile of walking.  Cycling also gets safer the more people there are doing it – for instance, cycle use in London has doubled in the past decade, while casualty numbers have fallen sharply.  You are far less likely to injure other people than you are in a car – so more cycling means safer streets for everyone else as well.

 

5. It’s quick. In urban areas, cycling usually gets you there quicker than by car or public transport, even at a very moderate riding speeds.

 

6. It’s reliable. Cycling not only helps tackle traffic congestion, it’s also a great way to avoid being caught up in it.  Knowing your journey times means you can plan more efficiently.

 

7. It saves money. Not only does the individual save on travel costs, but NHS trusts can pay cycle mileage allowances and still save money compared with car mileage rates – not to mention parking costs and the Congestion Charge.

 

8. It saves space. Providing a car-parking space costs the employer between £350 and £2500 per annum. Or it could provide room for at least eight bicycles.

 

9. It shows leadership.  NHS employees cycling for work or to meetings set an excellent example of healthy behaviour.  We’re much more likely to persuade other people to take up cycling if we’re doing it ourselves.

 

10. It’s the future. Urban planners are increasingly prioritising cycling and walking over cars. The Mayor of London has made a commitment to boost cycle usage in the capital 400% by 2025