French cyclists paid to ride to work

For many, getting paid to cycle to work sounds like a dream – but it’s becoming a reality in Europe.

French cyclists could soon be paid to cycle to work as part of a new plan to promote healthy and active lifestyles. Transport Minister Frédéric Cuvillier last week announced that a system would be tested out whereby employees of participating companies would be reimbursed between 21 and 25 centimes (roughly 32 to 39 Australian cents) per kilometre cycled to work.

This scheme follows in the footsteps of employers in Britain, Belgium and the Netherlands that also reward their employees for the distance cycled to the office. According to Reuters, cycling commuters are paid 20 euro cents (31 Australian cents) per kilometre in Belgium, 15 euro cents (23 Australian cents) in the Netherlands and 20 pence (36 Australian cents) per mile in Britain.

At the moment, just 5 per cent of France’s employed workers would be affected by the new program, but Mr Cuvillier said he wanted to see if this can be doubled with other measures to make cycling safer and more widespread on city streets.

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