Scheme to encourage Dales cyclists

Bike retailers across the county have been given a boost of more than £147,000 in business from Derbyshire County Council’s Cycle to Work scheme.

The salary sacrifice scheme was launched a year ago to help staff earn themselves a brand new bike and safety equipment up to the value of £1,000.

So far 276 staff have signed up to the scheme, allowing them to make monthly repayments taken directly from their salary while saving on income tax and National Insurance.

And local businesses are reaping the benefits too with 20 retailers in Derby and Derbyshire signed up to supply the goods as well as others outside the county.

Councillor John Allsop, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for technology and recycling, said: “We’re committed to reducing the county council’s carbon footprint and this scheme helps staff to travel in a more environmentally-friendly way and keep fit at the same time.

“It’s proving popular with staff and that means a welcome boost for the retailers too.”