The Cycle to Work Scheme was introduced by the Government to help promote cycling through tax incentives. People who cycle often arrive at work happier and healthier – they save money on fuel or public transport, and save themselves the hassle of crammed carriages or traffic jams – so employers are often keen to encourage cycle commuting.
Ride-to-Work is the Evans Cycles provider of the scheme – if your employer is signed up to Ride-to-Work, we can offer you up to 42 per cent off on your new bike and accessories. If your employer works with Cyclescheme, we can also accept their vouchers, and if they don’t currently have a Cycle to Work scheme in place, we can get in touch and explain why it’s such a great idea.
When you apply for any Cycle to Work Scheme, the bike is leased to you by your employer – and you’ll pay for it via deductions to your salary over the rental period, which is usually 12 months. You don’t have to use the bike just to cycle to work, and can also ride it in your leisure time.
Because Ride2Work is our in house brand, we can provide even better savings and some extra offers, including:
- Up to £50 free accessories, plus if you apply before 14th November, you can make the most of our current spring offer, where you can get up to £250 free accessories with your bike
- Half price servicing for a year
- Great savings through our price match service and you can use your certificate on sale items
- Free 6 week workshop service and RideIt! sportive or off-road organised ride entry
You can also select your bike and accessories from our wide range online, and have them delivered to your local store, where you can test ride your bike and try on clothing, just to make sure everything is right for you.
How do I apply for a certificate?
Here’s a video which shows you how easy it can be to apply for your certificate, and collect your bike:
If you’re after a step by step guide to the process, here it is:
1) Firstly, you will need to make sure your employer is signed up to the scheme. If not, you can ask us to get on tough with your HR department, so we can tell them why offering the Ride2Work scheme is such a great idea.
2) Once you’ve confirmed you can get a certificate, you can start doing your research. You can spend anywhere between £100 and £1,000 – and get any accessories that will be used for your commute, such as panniers, lights, clothing, a helmet or lock. To choose your items, just logon to our website, or pop into a store to browse what is available. Once you’ve worked out what you want, you can add up the cost, and use our easy savings calculator to work out how much you’ll be paying each month. Simply enter in your annual salary, and the cost of your items to see how much will be deducted from your payslip each month.
3) Next, you need to speak to your HR department, as they’ll need you to fill out a small amount of paperwork – then they’ll give you the company account number, so you can apply for your certificate.
4) Once you’ve got your certificate, you can print it out and redeem it in any Evans Cycles store, online, or over the phone. Over the rental period, typically 12 months, you’ll pay for the bike through salary sacrifice.
5) At the end of the rental period, you can choose to take ownership of the bike for a small fee, or you can continue to ride it for free – there is a variety of transfer of ownership options, and it’s best to check with your employer which process they follow.
Commuting for the first time?
As signs of spring start to appear, the number of commuting cyclists increases, and though we’re sure you’ll eventually be converted to an all-year commuter, spring is a good time to start.
Riding to and from work is a great way to get some exercise into your day without eating up too much time, and a ride each morning and evening is a great way to lift your mood. Here are some tips to help get you started:
The sort of bike you go for will depend upon your journey. Hybrid bikes are a popular option, and they are light and fast, but offer an upright riding position. If you enjoy going fast, and are comfortable with drop handlebars, a road bike is a speedy option.
Of course, you could be combining your commute with a train journey, in which case a folding bike is likely to be your new best friend,
If you’re not sure which bike to go to, pop into any of our stores or call our contact centre on 01293 574 900.
If you start to really enjoy your cycling, you might want to look at investing in cycling specific clothing, shoes and clip in pedals that will help you ride for longer, in more comfort. However, you don’t need a lot of gear to get you started.
There are a couple of items you will probably need, and it makes sense to get these with your certificate. You will need a lock if you’ll be leaving your bike anywhere, and it is often advised that you spend 10 per cent of the value of your bike on a lock, and if your bike is ensured, it is also worth making sure that your lock ticks the boxes on your insurance policy – you’ll usually need a Sold Secure Gold Standard lock.
Before your first ride to work, it’s a good idea to plan and even practice the route you’ll take. You might know your way to the office like the back of your hand – but the world looks different (better!) by bike, and taking some time to try your route away from time pressures, such as over the weekend is a good idea. You may even find some nicer routes which are more pleasant to ride through.
Before you set off, make sure you’re comfortable riding in traffic, that you know the rules of the road, and can comfortably indicate and look around you whilst steering straight. If you’re unsure about any of this, find out of your local council provides cycle training – as there are many courses available for adults that can really boost your confidence.
Still got questions? Get in touch with our team.