London’s cycle to work scheme has been all the more successful thanks to the high-profile support of London mayor Boris Johnson.
According to health and wellbeing charity Life Cycle UK, the mayor has given the scheme far more gravitas thanks to his unwavering commitment to it.
The organisation’s director Poppy Brett said: “Having the backing of someone as high profile as Boris [Johnson] is going to mean that such a scheme has even greater impact.”
She added that there are a huge number of benefits associated with cycle to work initiatives, but for businesses the most important is reduced levels of sick leave.
Ms Brett noted that people who exercise regularly take less time off work because they are fitter.
Her comments follow a study published by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) which showed that cycling contributes £3 billion to the UK economy.
The LSE noted that almost 25 per cent of the UK population are now cyclists.