Two thirds of employees considering cycling to work to avoid ‘unsafe’ public transport

A survey of 2,089 members of the public living in cities has revealed that more than half (53%) of them are now considering cycling to work, with the main reason being to avoid ‘unsafe’ public transport.

Global marketplace OnBuy.com asked people living in cities without access to a car how they were planning to commute to work now the Government is easing lockdown measures.

More than half of respondents (53%) stated they are considering cycling to work when they go back, with the main reason being to avoid public transport (64% selected this option). Of those two thirds, almost all (89%) said it was because they felt public transport is still unsafe to use. Current Government advice is to “consider all other forms of transport before using public transport” to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.

A fifth (21%) of respondents cited the cost savings associated with cycling as the main motivation to commute via bike. The average Brit spends £800 a year commuting to work, a figure which is even higher in London at £918 a year. Given that 42% of the UK population already own or have access to a bicycle, yet only 4% currently cycle to work, this new desire to cycle will not necessarily mean having to buy a new bike, therefore resulting in further cost savings. 

In addition to asking about future plans to commute, OnBuy asked employers whether the Government’s Cyclescheme is an incentive for encouraging employees to cycle to work. The majority of respondents stated that they hadn’t heard of the scheme (62%). Only 7% of employers said they were considering using it when asked, while more than half (51%) said the scheme was too confusing to implement. When asked about employees taking public transport to work, a quarter of employers (23%) said they would be asking staff to find alternatives where possible to avoid increasing the risk of spread at work. One in 10 employers said they would let staff continue to work from home to avoid public transport. 

OnBuy researched the cost of hybrid bikes in the UK and discovered that it would set a consumer back £393 on average to buy one, plus an estimated £100 for accessories and maintenance, meaning that commuters could save more than £300 in the first year, and £700 in the years after that taking into account annual bike maintenance and accessory costs.

As the fastest-growing marketplace in the world, OnBuy offers competitive prices on millions of products supplied by thousands of trusted online retailers. From household names to independent sellers, buyers can shop securely for products from a range of categories, such as electricals, baby and toddler, home and garden, and cars and automotive.

Cas Paton, founder and CEO of OnBuy, said,

“Cycling to work will not only have the immediate benefit of slowing the spread of coronavirus, but it can also save commuters money, improve fitness and help reduce our carbon footprint. It’s great to see so many people who have the option to cycle are now considering it.

“While the Government is making an effort to combat the spread of coronavirus on buses and trains with things like the cycling scheme, businesses are clearly confused by their role in helping employees get to work safely, and the Government support available to help them do so. Hopefully the scheme will prove useful to both employers and their staff, but in the meantime, OnBuy is ready to help people get back out on two wheels again.”

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