Commuters

The Commuter Cyclist/Bike to Work

Cycling is a healthy and sustainable way of commuting to work or just travelling around the town or city and can often be quicker than driving a car over shorter distances in the congested inner city streets, yellow lines and clampers needn't concern you! Motorists would not think of getting in their car without motor insurance yet how many regular cyclists have cycle insurance?

The average Dublin car commute costs €1,957 annually (DTO 08’). With the introduction of the bike to work scheme in January 2009 employees can purchase a bike and associated equipment up to a maximum of €1,000 tax free. The Government target is for 10 per cent of all journeys by 2020 to be undertaken by bicycle. That’s 160,000 cyclists each day. Currently just 4 per cent of Dublin commuters travel by bicycle to work, one of the lowest figures in Europe but it rising fast. It increased by 8 per cent in 2009 and is up 30 per cent in five years. Lower city centre speed limits are also making city cycling a safer option.

There were 2,233 bicycles reported stolen in the first nine months of 2008. In the same period in 2009, immediately after the tax incentive scheme started, 3,136 bikes were reported stolen  a 39% increase(Source CSO)- the actual number is thought to be significantly higher as bicycle theft is among the most under-reported of crimes With bicycle commuting on the increase, cycling accidents are inevitable and so is bicycle theft! In 2010 bicycle theft has increased by almost another 10% (Source CSO).

We recommend opting for our bicycle register/Marking kit, especially for commuters. It can help prevent theft with warning labels and traceable markings

Cyclesure can insure you cycle with confidence.