Cycle to work week

Posted by Temi Adedeji on Jul 31, 2023

Cycle to Work Week is an annual event which encourages employees to cycle to work instead of driving. This aims to promote a healthy and eco-friendly way of commuting.  

Cycling is a non-polluting mode of transport. It reduces air as well as noise pollution. It is also a great activity for your physical and mental well-being. It is estimated that 15% more of people who ride a bike every day are satisfied with their lives than people who haven’t biked since becoming an adult. 

According to a study by the University of Oxford, The Transport Studies Unit found that shifting to active transport could save as much as a quarter of personal carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from transport. * 

The study went on to state that choosing a bike over a car just once a day can reduce the average person's transportation-related emissions by 67%. That's because cycling has a carbon footprint of just 33 grams of CO2 per mile travelled, whilst a car produces 185 grams per mile. 

It forms as part of a global initiative to reduce our carbon footprint, as seen with the UK’s commitment to Net Zero Carbon emissions by 2050. 

Some further benefits of cycling include: 

Saving costs on fuel

On average motorists spend an average of £1,288 a year to fuel a petrol and £1,795 for a diesel, for cars with average fuel economy. Whilst a bike is completely free aside from the purchase and maintenance costs. 

Time efficient

This favours people who live in urban areas, Studies have found the average speed of a cyclist in London traffic is faster than a car: in the City of London a car averages 7.6mph, while a cyclist averages 14mph

Ease of storage

Bike parking is generally free and accessible in most towns and cities.  

At KCS we have our Employee Support Services & Benefits framework which offers a range of further services which can help assist the occupational health and work benefits that employees receive. For more information on our Employee Support Services & Benefits framework