Cycling to the office and back – how can an employer contribute?

According to the World Health Organization, 15 minutes a day spent on bike can grow the length of life with up to 7 years.

The Romanian Parliament is debating a new draft law which aims to introduce the possibility for employers to encourage the use of bike by their employees on the way to the office or for other professional journeys.

Using the bike tickets that the employers offer, the employees may buy a new bike, cycle accessories, spare parts, maintenance tools or other equipment and can get maintenance services, like periodic inspections and repairs in an authorized workshop. These tickets can be offered once every 3 years and can’t exceed the amount of 1500 lei.

Also, the law provides a second type of bike tickets offered for each kilometer covered by the employee, of a maximum of 300 lei per year (0,33 lei per kilometer).

The amounts spent through the bike tickets are classified as social costs with limited deductibility (art. 25 par. 3b from Fiscal Code).

The initiators say that their project was inspired by the famous “Cycle to work” project which started in 1999 in Netherlands, Ireland and United Kingdom and hope that this law will force the authorities to build infrastructure for bicycles.