Council staff get on their bikes

MORE than 100 employees at Derbyshire County Council are using bikes to get to work and local meetings, rather than by car.

The move follows the introduction of a new initiative called ‘cycle to work’. Staff can hire a new bike and associated equipment under a tax relief scheme which means that they also save money.

John Harrison, DCC’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Management, said: “I’m pleased that so many of our employees have taken the opportunity to take part in the scheme.

“Every car journey, however short, we can take off the road is good for all road users and the environment and there are obvious health benefits for those cycling.

“Our employees are regularly travelling around close to where they work meeting with clients, visiting schools and meeting with suppliers and the more we can encourage them to use alternative methods of transport to cover small distances the better.”

The council is using a company called Cyclescheme who use a wide range of cycle shops in Derbyshire.