Bike Week 2016’s theme is ‘cycle to work’ and Cyclescheme, the UK’s largest cycle to work provider is celebrating the event with a week-long calendar of exciting events for its 45 employees.
Monday’s event was a fresh fruit and continental breakfast hosted by Cyclescheme’s Retail & Events team. The breakfast was a small reward to celebrate the efforts of colleagues who rode their bikes for part or all of their commute to work, with a healthy bike breakfast being a great way to kick off Bike Week.
The employer, based in Bath, supports employees who cycle to work with shower facilities, bike lockers, and flexible working enabling employees to go for a longer ride at lunchtime.
All employees have access to five Brompton folding bicycles that the company provides for lunchtime errands, ad hoc cycle to work rides, or getting to and from the local train station for business trips.
Employees had the option to finish their working day half an hour earlier on the Wednesday of Bike Week to enjoy cycling with colleagues. Staff rode out from the office, taking in the local Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as they cycled to the nearby village of Claverton and then enjoyed kayaking on the River Avon.
Partner Cycle Republic’s visit on Thursday sees bike servicing being offered to employees, along with Cyclescheme’s tradition of holding a barbeque in the office backyard to mark special occasions.
The week of events will conclude on Friday, with a lunch break extended by an extra half-hour for employees who wish to participate in outdoors games of a ‘Bike Olympics’ near Bath’s historic Royal Crescent. Two teams of employees will compete under the names of Pink and Blue, Cyclescheme’s brand colours.
“We’ve enjoyed celebrating Bike Week at Cyclescheme for five years and it’s been a pleasure organising this year’s activities,” said Lucy Anderton-Roberts, Event Co-ordinator at Cyclescheme. “It’s a great chance in the summer to get colleagues together and enjoy plenty of cycling, as well as food and the chance to try something new like a bike ride and kayaking after.”
“Great employee engagement starts with your own employees,” said Stephen Holt, Commercial Director at Cyclescheme. “By offering our colleagues different options for joining in Bike Week, they get to know more about the bike industry we operate in and enjoy some healthy activity. It’s a win-win for both the employer and its employees.”
Cyclescheme Ltd began life in Bath in 2005 as a small tax-free cycle to work provider, born out of the Government’s green transport plan to get people healthier and greener by regularly cycling to work. Eleven years later, working within the Grass Roots Group, Cyclescheme has become the best in the cycle to work industry, partnering with over 2,000 retailers, servicing over 40,000 companies and helping more than 600,000 people to save money on a new bike.
A salary sacrifice cycle to work benefit enables employees to save money on a new bike and/or cycling safety accessories through an employer. The savings are made from an employee’s Income Tax and National Insurance Contributions while spreading the cost over a defined period of time from 12 months upwards. Any company of any size can offer a cycle to work scheme to employees who pay tax via PAYE (monthly from their wages). Employers make savings on Employer National Insurance Contributions.