I’ve seen huge improvements in my physical health. With each commute I find myself struggling less on the hills, and I’m getting far less tired each time I head out. But also, my mental health has improved massively, the headspace I get while cycling is essential.
Richard Brimson, 20 December, 2022
Cycle2work is one of those schemes I’d known about for years. I never really felt confident in riding on the roads, and my previous workplaces had never shown an interest in it. The idea came up in conversation with Matt and April when they came to the team for suggestions on how we can reduce our emissions and improve our well-being.
For me, it was a no-brainer. The NOSY office is right next to the local cycle track (The Red Squirrel Trail) and I live on the other end. I’ve wanted to get more confident on a bike for a long time, and improve my own health.
First of all, we found a scheme that worked for us. There’s a few options in the UK (Bike 2 Work Scheme, Cycle Scheme, or Blackhawk Extras to name a few). You just need to find one that suits you and your workplace. Think about where you might source your bike, because different retailers accept different schemes. We went with Halfords but you can find others that smaller retailers and independent stockists accept, so keep an eye out.
Once chosen, I was given a budget, and went shopping. The vouchers can be redeemed for not only the bike, but for all the gear you will need, including: safety gear; bottles; accessories.
I went for a Quella Nero. Quella are a small independent bike manufacturer based in Gloucester. The Nero is a single-speed steel-frame commuter bike. It’s affordable and of course, pretty. Going without the gears means it’s easier to maintain. Perfect for city riding.
Now that the process is complete, I’m just paying off the bike through a very small salary sacrifice over 12 months, at a discounted price.
I’ve seen huge improvements in my physical health. With each commute I find myself struggling less on the hills, and I’m getting far less tired each time I head out. But also, my mental health has improved massively, the headspace I get while cycling is essential. I used to suffer quite heavily with migraines. I can happily say I haven’t had a migraine since using my bike.
Outside of myself, the biggest factor is my reduction in my emissions. I was using my car for every commute, up to 5 days a week. Now, it’s more like 1-2 days, at the very most.
I would definitely recommend making use of cycle2work. Even if your commute is a lengthy one or full of hills. You can choose any bike within your budget, so you can outfit yourself accordingly. Since improving my own health, I’ve taken a huge interest in cycling overall, and I’m now planning a cycling fundraiser, going on bike rides with friends, and enjoying the outdoors far more. I’m saving money on fuel. Most importantly, I’m keeping another car off the road.