AN ASHBOURNE cycle store is running free bike safety checks tomorrow as part of Cycle to Work day.
Staff at Halfords in Waterside Park will be offering a free safety check, free puncture repair kits and 20 per cent off cycle accessories all day in support of the national scheme.
Cycle To Work day has been launched to encourage more people to get on their bikes to travel to their place of employment.
The Cycle to Work Alliance, an umbrella group promoting the Cycle to Work scheme, says 25 per cent more people are taking to two wheels to get to work and more than 44,000 people signed up to the scheme in the first six months of 2013.
The UK bike boom is said to have been buoyed by the sporting successes of the sport’s celebrities Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome’s.
The national firm, which has 290 stores, already runs its own Cycle to Work scheme, offering its employees 42 per cent off the cost of a new bike.
Introduced in the 1999 Finance Act, the Cycle to Work scheme encourages employers to loan bicycles and cycling safety equipment to employees as a tax-exempt benefit for the purpose of cycling to work.
Under the scheme, employers buy cycling equipment from suppliers approved by their scheme administrator, and hire it to their employees.
To find out more visit www.cycle2work.info