cycling incentives

by OldRidgeback   August 12, 2014  

So it should come as no surprise in the home of the TDF that the French are setting out an incentive package to encourage people to switch from car use to bicycles. The French Ministry of Transport is trialling the scheme with 19 companies, which sees each person receiving a 0.25 Euro allowance/km travelled by bicycle. It is a six month trial and is limited to just 100 people or so, with the French Ministry of Transport then publishing a report and being able to tweak the scheme as necessary, before rolling it out later on a wider basis. There's an article in Le Figaro about it.

This is a carrot rather than a stick approach and surely a lot more sensible than some of the crackpot suggestions I've seen posted on this site to restrict car use.

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it would be nice to 'earn' an extra 2k a year just for commuting! Laughing
think i'd be taking the long route home a lot more!

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posted by bigshape [69 posts]
12th August 2014 - 10:49

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That's what I thought bigshape - let's see if the French can make it work. If it does then the DfT could do well to take note. It'd help cut urban congestion and pollution, not to mention help the NHS trim its budget to boot.

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posted by OldRidgeback [2308 posts]
12th August 2014 - 11:20

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So as well as paying no Road Tax, I can cycle away my Income tax? That will really please Mr Mondeo and Ms #Bloodycyclists.



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posted by bikeboy76 [1434 posts]
12th August 2014 - 12:26

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hmm. Train fare £900 per year. Commuting 'pay' nearly 4,000E per year. decisions, decisions Wink

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posted by andyp [1073 posts]
12th August 2014 - 12:30

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Sad Who are you calling a crackpot? Laughing

That's brilliant, though - would be a £400/month carrot for me. Yes please!

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posted by userfriendly [325 posts]
12th August 2014 - 12:38

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How are they proving how many times you've commuted? Asking everyone to submit GPS traces sounds like a bit too much admin even for the French (note: I used to work in France and love their hilarious bureaucracy).

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posted by Gizmo_ [958 posts]
12th August 2014 - 13:54

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Gizmo_ wrote:
How are they proving how many times you've commuted? Asking everyone to submit GPS traces sounds like a bit too much admin even for the French (note: I used to work in France and love their hilarious bureaucracy).

maybe they provide everyone with a free garmin as well?

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posted by bigshape [69 posts]
12th August 2014 - 13:57

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bigshape wrote:
Gizmo_ wrote:
How are they proving how many times you've commuted? Asking everyone to submit GPS traces sounds like a bit too much admin even for the French (note: I used to work in France and love their hilarious bureaucracy).

maybe they provide everyone with a free garmin as well?

Yep, I wondered about that. It's possible there's an app you can stick on your smartphone for it.

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posted by OldRidgeback [2308 posts]
12th August 2014 - 14:11

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