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EIR1606 / May 2023 / Cycle to Work Scheme Data

Thank you for your request under the Environmental Information Regulations.

We can confirm that Essex County Fire & Rescue Service does hold the information you have requested.

Please see below the answer to your request.

Questions and final response:

Question 1 – Over the past five years, broken down by year - how many staff members used the Cycle to Work scheme? what percentage of staff was this? what was the average value of the vouchers claimed on the scheme?


Year No of Requests %of Staff(1408 staff) No of incomplete Requests Average Value of Voucher
2018-2019 34 2.41 0 809.58
2019-2020 41 2.91 0 904.19
2020-2021 44 3.13 0 1029.39
2021-2022 37 2.63 0 962.59
2022-2023 37 2.63 0 1019.85

Question 2 – what tools does the organisation use to encourage cycling for their staff - a) on a work basis b) on a leisure/health basis

Our Service is part of Cyclescheme, which we promote on our internal communications channels, including our intranet, email newsletter and Workplace network.

Our cycle scheme offer is also promoted on our Employee Benefits SharePoint site.

We have a regular health-focus called Wellbeing Wednesday, in which we work with our Occupational Health and Fitness teams to encourage healthy lifestyles, in and out of work.Cycling is one of the topics we cover.

Question 3 –with regards to staff, does the organisation - a) have any monitoring for what modes of transport staff use - i) for their journey to work ii) for journeys during work time b) and if this data is recorded, I request a copy of such data as detailed as it can be reasonably given, while still protecting personal data rights

We do not record or monitor this data.

Question 4 –how many of the following does the organisation have available for staff use. a) pedal cycles b) electric bikes c) motorbikes d) internal combustion cars e) electric or hybrid cars f) internal combustion vans g) electric or hybrid vans h) heavy trucks


Electric Biles 0
Motorbikes 3
Internal Combustion Cars 109
Electric or Hybrid Cars 26
Internal Combustion Vans 71
Electric or Hybrid Vans 0
Heavy Trucks 126

Question 5 - Does the organisation mileage scheme clearly state the claim rate for cycling?

Yes, our Mileage Policy states the rate for cycling. The current rate for 2023-2024 is 20p per mile.

Question 6 - How many cycling miles have been claimed by the organisation's staff in the past five years.?

No claims for cycling mileage have been received to date.

Question 7 - Regarding your current cycle to work scheme - a) what scheme is currently in place?


Question 8 - what is the maximum limit on the cost of a bike, if a limit is currently in place?

The limit for equipment purchased through the scheme for Essex County Fire and Rescue staff is £1500. ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬

Incident and other data is published on our transparency site. Incident Data ( .

Please note that the response and data released to you as part of this request will be published on our website

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