Cy­cle-to-work scheme brings mul­ti­ple ben­e­fits

The Oban Times - - OUTDOORS -

OBAN Cy­cles is en­cour­ag­ing em­ploy­ers to sign up to a cy­cle-to-work scheme to help al­le­vi­ate the town’s con­ges­tion prob­lem.

Mark Card­well and Christina Tur­tle, who took over the shop two years ago, say companies could ben­e­fit both fi­nan­cially and from hav­ing health­ier and more ‘up­beat’ em­ploy­ees.

Speak­ing about the scheme, Mark said: ‘It’s there to in­cen­tivise peo­ple to get on bikes and cy­cle to work. They do that by of­fer­ing tax sav­ings on bikes. The em­ployer gets to save be­tween 30-40 per cent and pay for the bike over 12 months.’

The cou­ple say they will help any in­ter­ested busi­nesses sign up to the scheme.

‘Peo­ple can have a £1,000 bike now,’ Mark added. ‘The more we get peo­ple on bikes, the less con­gested it will be.

‘There’s no need to use a car through the town – you would be quicker on a bike.

‘We do elec­tric bikes as well, which means ev­ery­one can cy­cle around town – even up the hills.

‘If you can get more peo­ple on bikes, it will re­duce con­ges­tion and they will be health­ier, which ben­e­fits the em­ployer.

‘I have seen how much plea­sure it can bring peo­ple. They come in with a re­ally up­beat at­ti­tude.’

Christina said: ‘I think it’s a fan­tas­tic scheme. My first road bike was bought through the scheme and it made it af­ford­able for me. There are lots of dif­fer­ent schemes out there. So if any com­pany wants to set up a scheme they can con­tact us and we will help them.’

Oban Cy­cles of­fers bikes on all sides of the spec­trum – from £200 to £3,500. They cur­rently stock a wide range of bikes, such as Ge­n­e­sis, Spe­cialised, Can­non­dale, Gi­ant and Ridge­back. To find out more, visit www.cy­clescheme.co.uk, or pop in to Oban Cy­cles on Ge­orge Street.

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Mark and Christina of Oban Cy­cles.

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