The French Government Will Provide Incentives for its Citizens to Go to Work by Bicycle

The French Government Will Provide Incentives for its Citizens to Go to Work by Bicycle

Following the example of their northern neighbors, the French government is considering introducing a tax deduction for its citizens traveling by bikes from home to work to increase the number of people who will use this two-wheeled transport. Moreover, it has begun a pilot project that will last until December. The project started in March

Following the example of their northern neighbors, the French government is considering introducing a tax deduction for its citizens traveling by bikes from home to work to increase the number of people who will use this two-wheeled transport. Moreover, it has begun a pilot project that will last until December.

The project started in March this year when it was presented by the French Transport Minister Frédéric Cuvillier and it covers a total of 25 measures to encourage cycling and walking – including the payment of employees tax-free 0.25 Euros for the excess kilometer.

The government will coordinate the development and believes that these measures could increase the number of those who travel to work by bicycle by 50 percent. These incentives will cost the state about 109 million Euros and it is believed that when you take into account the broader socio-economic analysis, including savings in health care, France will eventually be in a large plus, and its inhabitants will be healthier and happier.

Netherlands has by far the most cyclists

Reducing subsidies on driving cars and the introduction of incentives for cycling provide equal opportunity to persons in France for the usage of different means of transport. Statistics on the proportion of cyclists show why it is necessary. In the Netherlands it is 25 percent in Flanders (Belgium) and Germany nine percent, and in France only 2.4. Besides, more bicycles and fewer cars on the home to work destination helps solve the problem of traffic congestions, pollution and improving public health, reports the European Cyclists’ Federation.

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