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Cycle To Work Scheme- Vivienne's Story

Vivienne is a Security Investigator and she tells us about her experience with the Cycle to Work Scheme.

How have you benefited from the Cycle to Work scheme?

Yes, I am really enjoying my new bike! I am a very keen cyclist and am a member of two cycling clubs, since I’ve had my nice new bike, I have ridden all over Surrey, Sussex and Kent, however my biggest adventure has to be riding from London to Paris in May. I started in Blackheath on 31st May and cycled 85 miles to Dover. On day 2, I boarded a ferry to Calais and cycled 78 miles to Abbeville, on day 3 I cycled 74 miles to Beauvais and on day 4 I cycled 53 miles to Paris!

I raised over £1,500.00 for the Crystal Palace children’s charity which is a charity run by fans of Crystal Palace Football Club, the funds will help pay for an executive box which will be used by disabled children who otherwise would have no access to football.

What are the best things about the benefit for you e.g. ability to spread the cost from payroll / tax and NI savings / easy process / competitive price etc?

The retail price of my bike is £2,600.00, without the scheme I would not have been able to afford this bike. I like the fact that it is tax free and comes straight out of my wages so it doesn’t feel like another bill.

Would you recommend the Cycle to Work scheme to your colleagues?

I have recommended the scheme to a few of my colleagues, my family own a bike shop and it’s important to me that people are given the opportunity to go to an independent bike shop, rather than having to go to a big chain like Evans or Halfords.

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