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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Cycling

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 4th October 2019.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

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.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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.

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