I recently read about a company that is paying its employees to use their bicycle as transportation to and from work. This seems to me to be a brilliant idea. Creating an incentive for employees to use a bike as transportation to/from work will have a tremendous amount of benefits to the employer and employee.
First, it is likely the employee(s) using their bike will be more energized at the office. This should result in better performance and more output. Second, this “built in” exercise time will free up the employee’s leisure time after work. Thirdly, an employee that is more fit will be less likely to miss work due to illness and bad health.
I believe, ultimately, this should enhance the employee’s general mood. It is likely the increase of job satisfaction will be reflected on the employee’s employer. It can be assumed that a happy employee is a productive employee!!
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The problem in the USA is that there is very little incentive for anyone to commute by bicycle. In other countries, namely, Netherlands, the infrastructure is set up to encourage commuting by bike. In fact in many regards it is EASIER to commute by bike. It is not that we are somehow more lazy or have worse weather. The problem is getting the government to invest in the infrastructure. In my humble opinion, any investment made to encourage bikers will have a net positive effect financially and certainly environmentally for the community. Bikes cost very little to purchase, cost almost nothing to maintain, do not need insurance and of course have no pollution impact. Most importantly, it makes the user healthier and happier!
– Andrew Kass