28 Oct 2009 09:10:06
Green cycling plan gets underway
More than 70 organisations across the public and private sectors have given their support to a new 'cycle to work' scheme.
The initiative, which is being promoted by the Department for Transport, aims to encourage employees to choose greener travel options to get to the office.
Under the programme, the government is offering tax breaks to organisations whose staff decide to cycle to work instead of using cars or public transport.
New bikes, cycling equipment and storage racks will all be rolled out with the help of the money companies save through these tax breaks.
"If proper facilities were more widely available, I believe far more people would cycle to work," commented transport secretary Andrew Adonis.
"For employees, cycling is a great way to save money while getting fit. And for all of us, it will cut rush hour congestion and reduce carbon emissions."
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