Commuting subsidy for Flemish bikers
Flemish Mobility Minister Ben Weyts creates a 2.2 million biking fund (Pendelfonds) to subsidize bikers who commute between home and work every day.
Recreational biking is a hype in Flanders, but during the week the average Flemish worker jumps into his car again to commute to and from work. “I want to make the bicycle more attractive while commuting between work and home”, says Ben Weyts, “as well for the employee as for the employer.”
To realise this, Weyts uses money from the commuting fund ‘Pendelfonds’ which supports employers who deploy initiatives to make commuting traffic more sustainable. In the past this fund has been subsidizing carpool parking lots or electric scooters.
The new call to employers from the fund is specifically aimed at commuting by bike. Companies can for example get subsidized for buying normal bikes, electric ones or even speed pedelecs (fast electric bicycles). Money is also foreseen for bike storage facilities or charging points.
“With this action I want to get thousands of extra bikes on the roads and bike paths”, says Weyts, “I also have the intention to increase the bike allowance.” At the moment the allowance for which the employer doesn’t have to pay taxes is set at 0,23 euro per kilometre. Many employers want to give their employees a higher allowance, this fund can help them to do this.
“By doing this we make bicycle use for commuting more attractive for employee as well as employer, like we did already with the purchase of a bike”, concludes Weyts.