Acerta: ‘three out of ten employees want leased bike’
According to a survey by HR service provider Acerta, three out of ten Belgian employees (28%) want to lease a bicycle via their employer. Acerta questioned more than 2 000 working Belgians.
About one-fifth of the employees already receive cycling compensation to cover part of the leasing costs. Now that company cars will be taxed more heavily, Acerta expects the bicycle to break through for commuting.
Belgian employees are more and more willing to opt for more sustainable means of transport for commuting. The Acerta survey shows that 28% of them are interested in leasing a bike via their employer. Half of them (49%) are even willing to pay €20 a month for it; the other half is ready to pay more or arrange the costs through an existing bonus or a premium.
According to Acerta expert Charlotte Thijs, it is no surprise that cycling has become more popular for commuting. “Cycling is healthy, and it fits in the actual society’s trend of sustainability.”
Today, more and more employers provide bicycle infrastructure (safe shelters, charging points, showers…), and, apart from that, the bicycle has become an important ingredient of the salary package. On top of that, a bicycle leasing formula is fiscally interesting.
Another financially interesting and bicycle-friendly advantage is cycling compensation. Today, 18,7% already receive this compensation for commuting. It often is enough to pay (part of) the leasing costs.
Figures come from the large-scale two-yearly research Acerta ordered from the research bureau Indiville, based on 2 072 respondents. Data about cycling compensation are based on a representative sample of employees working for 27 500 employers of SMEs and large companies from the private sector associated with Acerta’s social secretarial office.