Vlerick contributes to improved mobility with Bike to Work
Biking into work for a greener city
In view of the fact that the campuses in both Ghent and Leuven are situated in the busy city centre, biking into work is often the better option. This certainly applies to relatively short commutes. A few months ago Vlerick Business School joined Bike to Work, an initiative of the Cyclists’ Federation (Fietsersbond) in order to encourage as many employees as possible to leave their car at home more frequently or simply to stop taking the car into work. The Cyclists’ Federation hopes this ongoing campaign will get people on their bikes more frequently throughout the year, where applicable in combination with other modes of transport such as the train, bus or car.
After registering online and entering a number of standard data such as your route you can indicate on a daily basis whether you biked into work. The fact that the system keeps a log of the calories you burnt, the kilometres you cycled and your personal cycling percentage is an additional incentive.
Currently 46 of our 76 employees regularly bike into work, and they’ve registered for Bike to Work. Together they have already racked up an impressive 9,059 km by bike, or 556 cycling hours. Now 40% of the overall workforce regularly rides into work by bike or combines this transport option with public transport. Some 45 employees also regularly use a special Vlerick bike, which is made available by their employer. By cycling more the cyclists contribute to improved mobility in the city, but it also benefits the environment and people’s health.