ANSAN, Jun. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — The “bicycle-to-work allowance” implemented by Ansan Urban Corporation, operating under the Ansan city government in Gyeonggi Province, is receiving positive responses from employees.
Since June, the cooperation has implemented the system for employees with a commute of more than 2km among some 800 employees.
If an employee applies for participation in the program and rides a bicycle to and from work more than 20 times a month, the corporation will pay an allowance of 20,000 won (US$17.28) per month in community currency.
A smartphone record app will prove the distance traveled using the bike.
Currently, about 50 employees are participating in the bike-to-work allowance system.
The corporation analyzed that if employees go to work on a bicycle, considering the 260 working days a year based on five work days a week, they will be able to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1,000 tons, with a driving distance of more than 100,000 kilometers.
One of the participating employees said, “It is not easy to commute by bicycle on a hot day,” but added that “The allowance is also a bonus, but if you ride a bicycle to and from work, it is good for your health and you can avoid getting stuck in traffic jams.”
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