4 tips to encourage your employees to use bicycles
In France, only 2% of working people commute to work by bicycle, which is very little compared to countries such as Denmark. But since the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis, less and less people want to use public transport: it’s the great opportunity to go for new habits and cycle to work.
In this article, find out what practice your company can set up to encourage your employees to use alternative transport more regularly:
- Company bikes for a positive environmental impact
- An encouragement allowance for biking per kilometer
- A bonus with the purchase of an electric-assisted bicycle
- A bicycle parking solution for your company
1. Company bikes for a positive environmental impact
Cycling will serve the environment. Experts say “greenhouse gas emissions have to be reduced by 40% by 2050 to have a chance of staying below the critical 2° threshold", cycling would greatly contribute to this reduction.
Did you know that transport was responsible for 30% of CO2 emissions? Within this 30%, 72% is caused by road transport. You could provide your employees with company bicycles instead of company cars. Cycling is a healthy mode of transport that doesn't pollute! What if you provided company bicycles for your employees in order to encourage them, and raise their awareness for this type of transport to facilitate their home-to-work journeys. This will enable you to contribute to the reduction of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
2. An encouragement allowance for biking per kilometer
Cycling is a financial benefit for both the employer and the employee. The encouragement allowance for biking per kilometer covers part of the expenses incurred by the employee. Biking to work and benefit from 25 cents per kilometer. This is called the "sustainable mobility package". This allowance is attractive for both management and employees because it is exempt from income tax and social security contributions, provided the sum is less than €200.
3. A bonus for the purchase of an electrically-assisted bicycle
What if you gave a bonus to employees who buy an electric-bike? There's nothing better to motivate your team to cycle to work on a more regular basis!
In fact, the government grants an aid called the "electric-bicycle bonus". Local authorities are responsible for issuing this bonus when an employee buys a new bike.
4. Bicycle parking solution for your company
In order to encourage your employees to favour the use of bicycles, you can provide them with a bicycle garage within your company. With this system, your employees will be sure to be able to leave their bicycles safely during their work day.
The installation of shower areas will also encourage employees to use bicycles because they would be able to take a shower after practising a sport activity. Another important notion to take into account is that physical activity before work allows employees to be more efficient because they feel more motivated and more productive.
If this article has convinced you to encourage the use of bicycles in your company because it is a real advantage for you and your employees, do not hesitate to share it.