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Departmental Staff (Bicycles)

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what tax efficient schemes for the purchase of bicycles his Department makes available to its employees; how many and what percentage of his Department’s staff purchased bicycles through such schemes in 2005-06; whether the schemes are available through a range of suppliers; and whether arrangements are made to enable staff with disabilities to purchase adapted bicycles from a specialist supplier. (90063)

DFID is considering introducing a cycle to work scheme in the next 18 months as part of a package of flexible benefits we are planning under our HR Transformation project.

DFID staff can currently apply for a bicycle advance to cover the cost of a bike and any safety or security equipment up to a total of £500. Seven staff applied for and received an advance in the last 12 months. The advance is repaid over a period of 12 months (or the period of appointment if shorter).

DFID’s intranet has information on Green Issues which includes a section called “On Your Bike”. The Department has a Bike Buddy Scheme through which experienced cyclists help new cyclists to learn the best routes and gain confidence. DFID also advertises local cycle routes in our offices and has increased the number of bicycle racks and lockers in our two UK locations.

Other measures which help promote cycling include DFID joining the London Cycling Campaign as an affiliate member. Through this membership, staff can obtain a discount for their own individual membership. The campaign’s website offers cyclists a wide variety of helpful information and advice, including an “All abilities cycling guide” for those with disabilities. There are also links to the websites of other cycling organisations.