Cyclists are ill less often - Dutch companies gain competitive advantage

A new report from the Dutch employer's organisation the TNO says that cycling employees save their employers €27M per year due to lower sickness costs.

The article says that employees who regularly cycle to work take on average one day less sick leave per year than their non-cycling colleagues. If employers encourage employees to cycle to work more, then they can save more.

Across the Netherlands, 26% of all commuting journeys and 10% of business trips are already made by bike. Of course, in some locations these figures are already somewhat higher. The TNO suggests in the article that employers should be trying to increase these figures.

The ministry of traffic and works is shortly to start a test of financial incentives for cycle commuting also in order to increase this percentage. More on cycle commuting at  David Hembrows excellent website: