The Cycle to Work scheme saw 164,000 more people travel to work by bike during 2013 compared to the previous year, the largest rise in numbers since 2010.

The rise represents a 16.4 per cent increase compared to 2012, with scheme users clocking up 13,222,620 miles per week, the Cycle to Work Alliance reports.

“It is extremely encouraging to see this growing demand from employees looking to enjoy the benefits of cycle to work and shows the growing momentum for commuting by bike,” said Halfords corporate sales manager Charles Ashwell.

“There’s a huge enthusiasm for the cycle to work scheme and we are helping hundreds of companies who want to bring their colleagues the benefits of cycling to work.”

Of those surveyed, 85 per cent of those cycling to work stated that they noticed an improvement in their health with 97 per cent of employers saying that the Cycle to Work scheme is an ‘important way to encourage a healthy workforce’, according to the Cycle to Work Alliance.

If they did not travel to work by bike, 67 per cent stated that they would use a car to get to work.

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