A ‘Bike to School’ scheme should mirror the success of the Bike to Work scheme, Senator Ivana Bacik (Labour) said yesterday.
Bacik said if the Bike to Work scheme Revenue mechanism “is not considered appropriate, then a different means of providing tax exemptions could be used” for where the bicycles and cycling equipment are purchased for children through schools. But Bike to Work scheme is linked to employee’s tax and she did not explain exactly how such a mechanism could work when parents of such children may not be pay much or any employee tax.
Speaking in the Seanad yesterday she said: “The introduction of a scheme that would encourage higher levels of cycling among schoolchildren would be very welcome. It would be a really good initiative. I will be writing to the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to suggest that he take up this initiative, but I ask that the Leader also support it and that we might have a debate in September on how to improve children’s health and how to improve health in the population generally through greater promotion of cycling.”
She added: “We have seen great things like the dublinbikes scheme working to improve levels of cycling, but a bike to school scheme would also be a great idea. It is always hard for schoolchildren to see back-to-school things at this stage of the summer, when September seems so far off, but “bike to school” would be a good play on the words “back to school” and would be a very welcome initiative for children and parents alike.”