Thinking about commuting to work? And why not on a company bike? Cycling was long restricted to the leasure trips only, and this form of soft mobility is gradually gaining popularity for home-to-work commutes. To the point that larger leasing companies are now taking notice.
Two-wheelers are popular in Belgian cities and the phenomenon is likely to grow further with the introduction of bicycle fleets that are leased to companies. Leasing can be done for a few minutes or long-term, as needed. Why go for it?
You are wasting enough time in the car, pedal!
Each year you lose not less than 195 hours in the traffic jams of Brussels or Antwerp. And this is slowly touching the rest of the country (Namur, Liège).
There is now as much traffic in London as in Brussels, which has just been ranked ahead of Paris in the last report of Dutch TomTom, published in early June.
As a reminder, the average car speed in the capital at peak times rarely exceeds 15 km / h. E-bikes have the capacity to ride at 25 km/h and to maneuver around … what even buses have trouble doing.
You can benefit the company mobility allowance
The mobility allowance came into effect on March 1st. Its objective is to allocate to an employee a sum of money, which then can be devoted to the means of transport of his choice.
The 1st pillar of this allowance favors “green” vehicles (hybrid, electric). The 2nd pillar is dedicated to alternative and sustainable modes of transport, which is known as soft mobility. Bicycles form a natural part of it, in addition to public transport.
This is not a spinning class (you arrive fresh at the office)
Bicycle rental is not limited to “analog” and traditional two-wheelers. There is a large number of electric models, whose range extends well beyond 50 kilometers.
This is not to mention speed pedelecs, models that can reach an impressive speed of 45 km / h. Cowboy brand is one of such models, which has been designed in Belgium.
It may be time to wake up your fleet manager! In Belgium, Europcar has just launched Europcar Bikes, a solution designed for companies. Through this new service, employers can offer a “cycling plan” to their employees.
This new service is in the hands of the company fleet manager, who can skillfully juggle conventional cars, scooters, and bikes (traditional or electric), depending on the type of travel required.
The rental is done via the company or via “Ctec Points”, which are present everywhere in Belgium (not only in towns).
You do not have to work for a large company to benefit
Are you independent or manage your own company? The employee scheme applies to you as well. You can thus amortize an electric bike over 3 years at 120% and pay yourself (or deduct) a bike allowance of 0.22 € / km.
As for individuals and self-employed who do not want to own an electric bike, it is possible to rent bikes through services like Jump (Uber) for short trips.
These bikes, already present in Brussels, are equipped with GPS chips and are activated via a mobile application. Pricing is similar to scooters (€ 1 unlocking fee, then € 0.15 per minute of commute).
This post was translated from French and adapted. The original version was published on Generation Le Soir. Photo credit – public domain.