The new steps to improve worker’s mobility

October 9, 2018

Brussels companies are converging towards a plan to adapt their mobility. While some of them offer solutions: smart parking management or mobility apps, teleworking, etc. others do not hesitate to constraint their employees to use alternative means of transport such as bicycles, public transports, carpooling, etc.

Commuters waiting at Brussels Central station

Between 2005 and 2014, clear improvements have been made by Brussels companies with the aim of promoting a more responsible and sustainable mobility behavior. To achieve this goal, companies have chosen almost restrictive methods : measures to promote alternatives to cars (bicycles, carpooling or urban public transports), “incentive” measures (flexible working hours, teleworking, “compressed” weeks, etc.) or even “binding” measures (limited amount of parking spots and company cars).

The first possibility is easily adaptable and affordable. 81% of the companies surveyed offer their employees a kilometric allowance for the bicycle trips (0,23 €/km) and 64% of them fully reimburse the use of public transport.

The binding measures are a real obstacle to inherently changing the way of commuting. Indeed, free parking and company cars are common employees benefits in private companies. Very few of these companies are likely to set up paid parking for their employees : only 14% of them make this choice.

Yet incentive measures are not very trendy in all sectors of activity. Nevertheless, teleworking is on the rise. 63% of the surveyed companies authorize their employees to work remotely since 2014.

The most efficient approaches are the bicycle kilometric allowance, the availability of pool-bicycles and an adapted parking management. The reimbursement of public transport commutes coupled with relevant information on alternative possibilities are encouraging. Indeed, the lack of available parking spots is often the reason why workers choose an alternative mean of transport.

Green pool-bicycles

Although as expected some of its European neighbor countries, Belgium has been making efforts to promote a green mobility policy. Progress are rather encouraging in the corporate sector and we can hope that mindsets will move in this direction.

To assist them in this effort, some mobility platform and application are emerging. This is the case of Commuty and its smart parking management app’. Commuty wants to solve mobility issues by offering companies an app’ that helps them to improve the management and optimize their parking spots. Commuty also introduces its customers to other horizons, such as carpooling or bicycles. There are solutions available in the Brussels region to face the traffic and mobility issues and companies are surrounded by dynamic methods to help them deal with it.