Region of Amsterdam is spreading its commuters
More than twenty employers in the region of Amsterdam have entered into an agreement about the working times of their employees. This means that almost 40 000 employees in the region will go to work in spread time-zones. Among those employers are ABN AMRO, Royal Schiphol Group, and the province of Noord-Holland. The measure is inspired by corona.
According to the participating companies, teleworking is still the standard. Those who are commuting, however, opt for quiet moments in off-peak hours. When covering large distances, they combine several means of transport: public transport, the (e)-bike, or a shared car.
“Now we finally have the chance to decide how and where we work,” says Sharon Dijkstra, the Amsterdam Alderwoman for Traffic and Transport. “Many people stay at home and will continue to do so a few days a week. And thanks to this spreading, we can avoid crowded roads, trains, and buses.”
The cooperated parties call other companies to review their mobility policy as well. “It is important that teleworking and spread commuting will become part of the sustainable mobility policy of an organization,” adds Dick Benschop, CEO of Schiphol. “Chances are that teleworking will become generally adopted, and the same should go for the way we commute. That is also why we keep on focusing on the bicycle.”