"I take ten minutes less to come to work by bike rather than by car and in addition, it makes a workout while our jobs are quite sedentary": IT developer for Mutuelles du Soleil in Marseille (Bouches-du -Rhône), Marc Piatkowsky is one of the beneficiaries of the company bike offered by his company in connection with the specialized start-up Zenride.
"I gave up the car for my trips, it has an ecological side but also economic since I no longer pay for gasoline or repairs, not to mention traffic jams", continues the developer who pays for his bike - that he also uses for Sunday getaways -, 20 euros per month taken directly from his salary, revisions and maintenance included, the rest being the responsibility of the employer.
“I found myself on side roads where there is not too much traffic, sometimes I go along the sea, it is a very pleasant journey.
I am won over and I will not go back.
"40% of our employees live less than 5 km from their office"
If he has opted for a classic road model, employees of Mutuelles du Soleil can also choose foldable or electric bicycles (€ 25 per month).
The deployment of this fleet of duty cycles is expected to gain momentum as telework ends. *
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"Offering company bikes is part of our quality of life at work policy, especially as 40% of our employees live less than 5 km from their office," explains Françoise Linossier, the HRD of the mutualist group.
“In addition to traffic and parking problems, some of them may have an apprehension of public transport during this period of the epidemic.
Mutuelles du Soleil are one of the sixty client companies of Zenride, a start-up which hopes to place 2,500 of its “vélotaf” this year.