Scottish Forestry Cycle to Work Scheme: EIR release

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1) over the past five years, broken down by year -
a) how many staff members used the Cycle to Work scheme?
b) what percentage of staff was this?
c) what was the average value of the vouchers claimed on the scheme?
d) what was the number of those who took up the scheme, who then failed to complete, leaving the organisation with costs?

Calendar Year 

Staff using Cycle to Work scheme 

% of staff 

Average value 

Left the organisation with costs 















2) what tools does the organisation use to encourage cycling for their staff - 

a) on a work basis 

Cycle storage, lockers and showers are provided at our national office location of Saughton House. Cycle parking and shower facilities are also available at each of our regional offices (Dingwall, Huntly, Battleby, Dumfries, Selkirk (parking only), and Hamilton). 

These facilities are advertised to staff at induction and on our intranet. 

Accessibility via public transport and cycling routes, and lockable/secure bike storage, are both taken into account when reviewing our office space requirements. 

b) on a leisure/health basis 

Scottish Forestry is currently (from 1 July 2023 until 30 June 2024) piloting a ‘wellbeing hour’ which entitles all employees to 1 hour a week (pro rated for part time employees) of paid time to be used during normal working hours for any activity that benefits their wellbeing, with “walking, jogging [or] cycling” given as one of the example activities. 

Scottish Forestry employees are eligible to join the Civil Service Sports Council, which provides offers, maps and routes and publicises cycling events. 

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 

Since Scottish Forestry’s creation in 2019, we have undertaken one commuting survey in April- May 2023 to understand what modes of transport staff use for their journey to work; how commuting habits had changed since the coronavirus-related lockdowns of March 2020; and to inform our hybrid working approach. 93 staff of a complement of approximately 220 responded and the results are attached to this response. 

ii) for journeys during work time 

Our annual business mileage by car miles driven, ferries, taxis, trains and flights is reported annually as part of our climate change reporting responsibilities. 

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 

A copy of the results from the 2023 commuter survey is attached. 

Our latest published climate change report is available at 

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

Scottish Forestry currently has 26 vehicles available for staff use via hire agreements with our sister agency Forestry & Land Scotland. Of these:
•    12 are internal combustion cars
•    8 are electric or hybrid cars (5 full electric, 3 hybrid)
•    5 are internal combustion vans
•    1 is an internal combustion pickup truck (Toyota Hilux Active)

1 internal combustion car is due to be replaced by a hybrid vehicle in the near future.

5)    does the organisation mileage scheme clearly state the claim rate for cycling


1.6 Bicycles

Using a private bicycle for business travel: 20p per mile

You are not permitted to claim this mileage allowance if you are using a Cycle to Work bicycle.

6)    how many cycling miles have been claimed by the organisation's staff in the past five years

In the 2018/19 financial year, 52 cycling miles were claimed by the organisation’s staff. In the 2019/20 financial year, 63 cycling miles were claimed by the organisation’s staff.

According to our records, no cycling miles have been claimed since the end of 2019/20.

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

Cycle Solutions.

b)    what is the maximum limit on the cost of a bike, if a limit is currently in place

No cost limit is currently in place.


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