The number of people from working class who opt to ride bikes to their work places instead of other vehicles has seen a rise over the past year. According to the latest figures, there has been a 22.5 percent increase in the number of workers signing up for the 'Cycle to Work' bike-purchase scheme through their companies in the past year, the Daily Express reported. Initially, when the Government's tax-friendly scheme was launched in Britain in 2013, 44,000 had opted for it. But the bike boom kept on going and now over half a million people have benefited from the scheme, which can knock up to 42 percent off the cost of a bicycle. Steve Edgell, chairman of the 'Cycle to Work' Alliance, an umbrella group which reported the figures, said that with rail fares continuing to rise above inflation, the "hugely encouraging" figures show that there is a popular, affordable alternative to train travel - commuting to work by bike.Source: ANI << Mental Health Component in School-Based Lifestyle Programs ... Record 700 Birthday Cards for a Four-year-old Fighting Neur... >> Recommended Reading Walking As An Exercise People walk for many reasons ranging from pleasure to mental relaxation, finding solitude or for exercise. READ MORE Exercise It is important for us to understand the power of daily exercise. Only then can we motivate ourselves to inculcate the habit of exercise on a daily basis. READ MORE Diabetes and Exercise Regular exercise especially in type II diabetes not only helps reduce the sugar but also reduces the demand for medication by 20% and helps you stay healthy. READ MORE Exercise and Fitness Exercise is about revamping your lifestyle, not just weight loss. Exercise to get healthy - that way, you'll last longer at it and get better results. READ MORE Exercise Bikes or Elliptical Trainers: Which is Better? Cycling on an elliptical machine or exercise bike are excellent home based workouts, providing aerobic exercise and help increase heart rate and burn calories. READ MORE Exercises to Grow Taller An article that highlights on the list of exercises that aids to grow taller. READ MORE Health Benefits of Cycling For Women Cycling is a physical activity that is fun and time-efficient and is one of the best ways to reduce health problems specially in women. Read more to know the major health benefits of cycling on women. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Iron Intake Calculator How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips Daily Calorie Requirements More News on: Exercise and FitnessExercises to Grow TallerHealth Benefits of Cycling For WomenExercise bikes or Elliptical trainers: Which is Better?