Access to bike schemes for people on low incomes
Research and policy work to understand cycling uptake and the associated benefits for individuals and society from offering financial support to people on a low income to access a cycle.
In 2021 Sustrans’ Walking and Cycling Index found only 37% of residents on low incomes had access to a cycle. This compared to 60% in professional occupations. However, many people struggle to make journeys due to transport costs, whether public or private. A cycle can be the answer, be it a bicycle, e-cycle or non-standard cycle, acting as a low-cost form of transport – aside from the initial purchase cost. 70% of residents on low incomes would find access to a cycle useful to start cycling. In 2019, 19% of residents from low-income households found the cost of a cycle stopped them from cycling, equating to approximately 2 million adults across the UK.
Research to gauge appetite, model, and test plans for an effective cycle scheme covering standard, e-cycles and non-standard cycles, amongst people who earn less than £17,000 a year whether employed, self-employed or not working. They will make and advocate for recommendations, with main focus on Westminster, as well as to nation Governments and local authorities.