Should Employees Receive Bonuses for Walking or Biking to Work?

Good morning and welcome to one and all present here. I consider it my extreme pleasure to have this opportunity to share this stage with these respected people on the dais and consider it my honor to have been given this time to voice my opinion with this respectable crowd here today.

Most of us here are proud owners of beautiful cars but how many of us can admit that they walk or cycle to work? Not many of us aren’t we? That speaks something when we consider it as a major threat to the current global scenario.

The excessive usage of cars and other forms of fuel-consuming transport methods will increase the carbon footprints that we humans leave behind, and it is high time we think about choosing alternative methods that will benefit the environment. Cycling and biking are not only methods of getting to work or just commuting from one place to another, but it is also a physical activity that will reap health benefits later in life.

A business that supports this sort of activity has several potential financial benefits for small business owners. Bicycle commuting has the benefit of keeping your employees healthy, thereby potentially reducing overall insurance costs.

Additionally, some local city and state governments provide financial incentives, such as tax breaks or kickbacks, to businesses that can prove that employees either take public transportation or bike to work instead of driving a personal vehicle. Taking vehicles off the road can help municipal governments save on road work and upkeep.

Passing the savings on can help encourage wider participation in cycle commuting. Employees who regularly engage in physical activity are not just healthier, but they can also be happier and more productive than their sedentary colleagues. When most people resort to tedious workout regimes every day to have a fit and healthy lifestyle, people who have the opportunity to cycle to their work can make the best out of the given opportunity.

A thirty-minute workout per day is enough to reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease by up to 24 percent. It’s also a great way to help reduce stress and anxiety, which can lead to improved employee longevity and less personnel turnover.

As a business owner, you can support employees who bike to work by ensuring that you have secure bike parking on-site. In short, the employers can give incentives for the employees that cycle to work, and these incentives do not need to come from other sources; these incentives can be derived from the fund that is provided as a transportation fund for the other workers.

Perhaps those same resources would have done more good expanding bike lanes focusing on workers who just changed jobs, or confronting the politically unpopular topic of free parking. It’s certainly necessary to give bicycle riders the same commuter benefits as everyone else. But if the goal is to get people to ride instead of drive, just paying them is far from sufficient.

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