The Isle of Wight Council has pulled out of offering Cycle to Work bicycles to it’s employees, reports local paper County Press Online.
After ‘problems in administering the scheme’ the coucil has dropped cycle to work – the tax free bicycle buying initiative – and instead offered a discount scheme for its staff to buy bikes from suppliers on the Island.
The decision has been roundly criticised by local cycle campaign organisation CycleWight. It’s chairman Tim Thorne said: "The NHS and other employers on the Island are still offering the scheme. It’s a bit disappointing they do not take a lead on this issue, with their green agenda.
"The redesign of County Hall makes provisions for more people cycling to work and with the huge increase in the number of people who will be based there, it will be important to encourage people to cycle to reduce the traffic pressure on Newport."
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