A bike scrappage scheme would get people cycling

The effects of the government's car scrappage scheme and the greater benefits that might derive from a bike scrappage scheme are briefly examined. It is suggested that the benefits of car scrappage to the British economy will be limited and that the scheme may have encouraged car use. A bicycle scrappage scheme would be considerably cheaper to operate and potentially encourage an increase in cycling. Such a scheme would also be more equitable than the 'Cycle to Work' tax incentive. In contrast to breaking up cars which may still be roadworthy, older bikes could be reconditioned and sent to developing countries or used by disadvantaged people in this country. The author concludes that the UK would also have greater credibility in climate talks with such a scheme in place.

  • Authors:
    • WEBSTER, B
  • Publication Date: 2009-10


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01147143
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 24 2009 8:46AM