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Bike commuting reaches record numbers in Belgium

Bike commuting reaches record numbers in Belgium

4 out of 10 people get to their workplace on two wheels, at least part of the way

A recent report by HR services company Acerta found that the share of fossil fuel private cars is steadily decreasing as part of the Belgian traffic mix. The really great news, however, is the increase in bicycle commuting, which is now the preferred mobility option for 39% of workers. It also represents the highest number since surveys began.

That being said, the study points out that the numbers have to be seen in perspective as well since only 15.3% of the workers do the entire length of their daily commute on two wheels. 22% combine it with the use of a car, while the remainder combine it with the use of public transportation. The last segment definitely represents an opportunity for growth and planning, in which public authorities could play a more decisive role.

Paying bicycle allowances is a good practice

The progressively increasing appeal of bicycles can at least partially be attributed to the policy of cycling allowances available to workers who opt for this mode of mobility. Belgian commuters are able to claim 0.27 euros per cycled kilometre, as of 1 May 2023.

What’s more, the money made is not taxed and will be adjusted to inflation rates yearly. The daily limit for compensation has been set at 40 kilometres, while the payment will be made monthly along with regular salaries.

Another big, and arguably bigger pillar of green commuting in Belgium is the increase in electric and hybrid cars – both personal and company-owned categories. The share of fossil fuel company cars has dropped by a quarter.

78% of commutes still happen by car, even if some of these partially overlap with cycling or public transport use.



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