Employers to take responsibility
Cycle-to-work plays an important part in the fight against toxic air as well as helping to tackle chronic illnesses and obesity. NICE recommends that employers help their employees to be physically active during the working day. Employers should encourage them to choose active travel when commuting to and from work. Organisations, including the NHS, need to put policies in place to enable staff to adopt healthier lifestyles.
The NHS needs to lead by example. More than half of the NHS workforce of 1.3 million staff is estimated to be overweight or obese. This affects staff sickness absence and the NHS’ ability to give patients credible advice. Trusts urgently need to put the health and wellbeing of workers at the forefront of HR policies. An easy step is to introduce a cycle-to-work scheme, like GCI, with no £1,000 limit and no scheme exit fees. This means staff with weight issues can get an E-bike.
E-bikes – the future of commuter travel
E-bikes are great for everyone, even if you’re not the one riding them. More people on bikes means cleaner air and quieter roads which helps us all. E-bikes give battery assistance when needed helping users to exercise without putting excessive strain on joints and muscles. This is ideal for those who may not have exercised for many years enabling them to safely build strength and fitness.
Contrary to popular belief, E-biking is not cheating. Recent research has shown that even on E-bikes, physical exertion is needed 95% of the time.