Cycling Benefits Get Better at ERIKS Belgium
In 2019, employees at a new site in Belgium, were so enthusiastic about cycling to work that ERIKS started the ‘Bike Project.’
The initiative to promote cycling to work began by providing employees with a bonus. The more people cycle to work, the higher the bonus. Employees log their mode of travel on a software system on arrival so HR can automatically calculate their travel bonus.
The ‘Bike Project’ has now gone country-wide with six out of the seven Belgium locations receiving upgraded bicycle infrastructure, including new secure parking areas and charging stations for e-bicycles.
Demand has been so strong, that ERIKS Belgium’s Sustainability Champion and HSEQ Manager, Karin Winnepenninckx has worked in partnership with HR to arrange a bike leasing program for all ERIKS Belgium employees. Negotiations with leasing companies started in 2019 and a well-established Belgian bank was selected to deliver the scheme. The leasing program was made available to employees early in 2020. To be eligible for the program, employees must make 20% of their journeys to work by bicycle and maintain this throughout their lease period.
The leasing program allows employees to select a bike of their choice from over 400 participating dealers. Employees can choose any type of bicycle, including electric, the only restriction is that it does not go over 25km per hour. The leasing package also includes insurance, maintenance and assistance. Employees can spread the cost of the bike over 36 months.
The response to the project has been really positive and employees are very interested. People in Belgium are embracing cycling and it is great that ERIKS can support them in the transition to healthier and cleaner ways of getting to work.Karin Winnepenninckx,ERIKS Belgium's Sustainability Champion and HSEQ Manager.