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Bicycles at Birkbeck UniversityCycle to Work

Birkbeck is supporting the Government Scheme (Green Transport Plan) aimed at getting people to use more environmentally friendly forms of transport and promoting cycling to work. The cycle to work scheme offers a tax free benefit for staff, with savings of between 30% and 40% on the cost of a new bike including safety equipment. Actual savings will depend upon your personal tax band.

Please note, that although general cap of £1000 has been removed by cyclescheme, the maximum cost of the bike and associated safety and security equipment that can be loaned by Birkbeck is £1,000. 

There are no interest or finance charges to pay, credit checks are not carried out and the scheme allows you to spread the cost of commuting over the year. 

The scheme is run through Cyclescheme Limited, an independent company created to help employers take advantage of this government initiative.

You can choose any bike, including electric bikes, providing your chosen supplier is able to supply it and is a Cyclescheme partner - there are over 1,000 independent bike shops who are partners. The following is a list of safety equipment that may be purchased within the scheme (The total value of the bike and associated safety equipment must not exceed £1,000).

  • Cycle helmets which conform to European standard EN 1078
  • Bells and bulb horns
  • Lights, including dynamo packs
  • Mirrors and mudguards to ensure riders visibility is not impaired
  • Cycle clips and dress guards
  • Panniers, luggage carriers and straps to allow luggage to be safely carried
  • Locks and chains to ensure cycle can be safely secured
  • Pumps, puncture repair kits, cycle tool kits and tyre sealant to allow for minor repairs
  • Reflective clothing along with white front reflectors and spoke reflectors

To find your nearest participating store and calculate how much you can save through this scheme, simply log on to our web page with Cyclescheme.


HMRC rules advise that tax savings on cycle to work schemes can only apply if the request is mainly for the purpose of travelling to/from your place of work. Under the circumstances where staff are working from home, it will unfortunately not be possible to pass this HMRC test and as such new requests will be declined.

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