An Irish cycle to work scheme has seen membership increase by 125 per cent in just 12 months.
Green Party minister for sustainable transport, Ciaran Cuffe, has welcomed the new statistics showing a large increase in people taking part in the country's Cycle to Work scheme.
A survey carried out by www.bikescheme.ie shows Cycle to Work Scheme participation has increased by 125 per cent since 2009.
While bike shops have reported an average of 43 per cent of bike sales coming through the scheme.
And, just under half (49 per cent) of bike scheme sales are coming from public sector employees.
Mr Cuffe said: "These statistics show thousands of people are making use of the scheme and choosing to cycle to work.
"I'm delighted participation is so high and that businesses taking part are reporting positive effects on their own business and in cycling habits in their community.
"As it is National Bike Week, I'm encouraging everyone to take part; it's National Cycle to Work Day this Friday and with the current good weather, there's never been a more opportune time to get on your bike."
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