A Fine Gael TD has called for the threshold for the Cycle to Work scheme to be increased.
Dublin Mid West TD Emer Higgins said: “There has been a boom in all kinds of exercise since the Covid 19 restrictions were introduced.
“Over a quarter of million additional people are now cycling compared to this time last year.
“The benefits of cycling are huge. It is brilliant for your health, improves the environment and reduces traffic gridlock.
“Usually we’d be gearing up to celebrate National Bike Week this month. While that is postponed for now, I believe we need to get the wheels in motion at a Government level to further encourage this shift towards cycling.”
Deputy Higgins continued: “Last week in the Dáil, I called on the Minister for Transport to increase the threshold for the Cycle to Work Scheme from €1,000 to €1,500.
“A national policy promoting cycling can reduce our greenhouse emissions and help tackle the challenge of reduced capacity on public transport.
“I was encouraged by the response of the Minister for Transport who offered to take up the issue with the Minister for Finance. I look forward to further engagement on the issue.”