If someone would pay you 25 cents per kilometer, would you go at work by bike? Ségolène Royal, the French Minister of Ecology, announced this new measure, which will be implemented in the next months. Currently, less than 5% of French people are using byke to get to the workplace and so to encourage the use of this means of transportation, Minister Royal presented this new initiative as part of a broader anti-pollution project.
Companies will pay first, but then they will benefit from a tax rebate from the State (if they want). The interest is very high and twenty companies has already been working for a year to a similar project paying to their workers the contribution per kilometer. Knowing the success of this experiment, Royal has decided to extend the initiative to the entire country and to all kind of enterprises, both public and private.
"It's the first real official recognition of the bicycle as an efficient and non-polluting means of transportation" said Christophe Vernier, director of sustainable development at the Crédit Cooopératif, one of the companies that have carried out the project during the last year.