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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Cycling

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 291018, tabled on 25 September 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September 2019 to Question 281681, how much his Department has spent on schemes to encourage his staff to cycle to work since 2015; and how much his Department has spent on (a) installing bicycle racks and (b) bonus schemes for bicycle use in that time period.

Answered on

4 October 2019

Since 2015, Defra has not incurred spend on schemes to promote cycle to work, installation of bicycle racks or bonus schemes for bicycle use.

However, we will shortly embark on a small works project to provide 30 cycle racks at Foss House in York, due for completion in September 2019, at a cost of £2,660.48

Defra promotes cycling to work and the associated environmental and wellbeing benefits. All Defra employees have access to the Government Cycle 2 Work scheme and have had opportunities to attend Bike Dr events and roadshows at over 60 Defra locations across the UK. Defra has seen an increase in take up of the scheme by 25% since 2015. Both the scheme and events are provided at no cost to Defra.

Defra does not have any bonus schemes for bicycle use.