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New research reveals cyclists cost employers less than non-cycling colleagues each year

New Cyclescheme research reveals cyclists cost employers less than their non-cycling colleagues in lost working hours each year

  • Employers estimate delayed commutes from road and rail costing on average £32,000 a year in lost working hours
  • Most employees (52%) take time to get stuck into work after a delayed commute, with employers saying almost half are noticeably less productive (46%)
  • Research launched ahead of Cycle to Work Day shows cyclists are least likely to be late to work, with those employees taking trains costing businesses most in lost hours

New research released today reveals businesses across the UK estimate that they are losing on average over £32,000 a year, thousands of pounds a month, in lost working hours resulting from delayed commutes by rail or road. A survey of over 100 employers finds employees that cycle to work are most likely to avoid late starts and least likely to cost the business in inefficient performance resulting from the disruption a difficult commute can cause.

One of the major benefits of cycling to work is that you’re largely in control of your own journey, while other commuters are regularly held up by public transport delays and traffic jams. Research shows employees that commute by car are most likely to be late to work, followed closely by train and bus commuters, accumulating 60, 62 and 52 lost working hours over the year, translating to £910, £936 and £780 per employee respectively, based on the average UK annual income. In contrast, cyclists account for just 32 hours and £481 in losses per employee on average, almost half that of their train-bound colleagues.

Moreover, employers cite an active commute as contributing to the positive overall performance of their employees at work, with a third (33%) believing cyclists and walkers are more productive, more efficient (44%) and more energised (89%) throughout the day. Beyond the bottom line, over one in five employers believe cycling contributes to their employees feeling happier in their jobs, and an overwhelmingly majority (98%) say cyclists are healthier than their commuting counterparts.

Stephen Holt, Commercial Director at says:

“We know that an active commute can have many benefits for employees from loss of weight to increased energy and mood levels but cycling’s positive effects aren’t exclusively beneficial to the individual, with employers enjoy the perks too through reduced tardiness, increased productivity and efficiency and greater job satisfaction. With tens of thousands of commuters expected to take part in Cycle to Work Day on 14th September, why not help your workforce arrive on time by encouraging them to sign up to fall in love with pedal power!”

Lucie Cherrington, Head of Cycle to Work at Halfords said:

“It’s becoming increasingly difficult to fit exercise into our daily routines with many of us grappling with busy schedules these days. That’s why using an active mode of transport to commute can be a really simple and effective way to squeeze in exercise on a daily basis and of course stay fit, as well having the added bonus of saving pounds on the daily commute. Cycle to Work Day is a fantastic opportunity for employers to encourage more colleagues to join this brilliant initiative and reap the benefits of a more physically active workforce."

Cycle to Work Day was established by Cyclescheme in 2013 to encourage cyclists of all abilities to give cycle commuting a try. This year, Halfords will be partnering with Cyclescheme to get people into cycling regularly through their everyday commute. 

Why not help your workforce arrive on time by recommending cycling to work? 

For more information, or to pledge to ride visit:

Research carried out amongst 103 employers via Cyclescheme’s database, June 2016


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