Switching your short journeys from car to bicycle is a great way to get healthy and help preserve the environment.

Five reasons to take up cycling

1. It's good for your health. Not only is it great for getting you from A to B, but an convenient way of making sure you get your daily dose of exercise.

2. It's cheaper than driving or taking public transport

3. It's helping to preserve the environment we live in. Motor vehicles are one of the main causes of climate change.

3. Bicycles are faster in rush-hour traffic

4. Almost anyone and everyone can afford to cycle

5. Cycling is more sociable and helps to integrate communities


Low-cost Bicycles for Students

Somerset County Council is currently offering low-cost bicycles to students for the coming academic year. You can borrow a brand new 2012 Saracen Tufftrax mountain bike (worth £270) for just £40 for the year. At the same time, you pay a deposit of £75 and at the end of the year decide if you want to return the bike and get your £75 back, or keep the bike (in which case the council keep your £75).


It's a great deal because you can get a bike at less than half the retail value, it is delivered to you at college/sixth form so it's very convenient and you get free servicing during the year. Cycling is a particularly good option for students living between 1 and 5 miles from college/sixth form because it's quick and cheap and very flexible because you are not tied to particular times to get a lift or catch a bus.

The closing date for applications is 23rd August to have the bike delivered in September.

For more information, go to the Moving Somerset Foward website for more information and to apply, or call 01823 357123

Apply by 14 June 2012 round 1 or 23 August 2012 round 2



Bike Poster


Cycle to work scheme

In 2005, the government launched a Cycle to Work Scheme, which enables employees to buy VAT and tax-free bicycles and equipment for commuting, saving up to 50 per cent of the cost of a new bike.

How it works

The business buys the bicycle on behalf of the employee, who then repays the cost of the bike via a monthly deduction from their pay packet (usually over 18 months). As the payment comes off before tax and national insurance contributions are deducted, the employee makes a saving equivalent to the combined value of their tax and NIC contributions for that sum. If their employer is registered for VAT, this can also be reclaimed from the cost of the bicycle. At the end of the loan period, the employee has the option to purchase the bike for the "fair market value" via a final payment.

Find out more about the Cycle to Work Scheme

Cycle routes

The National Cycle Network was created by the charity Sustrans .

The cycle routes are designed to minimise contacts of cyclists with motorists. In some cases, the cycle routes disused railway lines, minor roads or canal towpaths.

Find out more on the Sustrans website