Target: French Transport Minister Frederic Cuvillier
Goal: Applaud efforts to promote bike riding and reduce vehicle use
Many nations around the world have been experimenting with methods of encouraging citizens to choose environmentally friendly commuting options like walking or biking. Several American and European cities have implemented bike sharing programs, and while this option does reduce emissions and increase bike commuting, the cost may be prohibitive for some residents. Now a handful of European countries, including Denmark, Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, and the Netherlands, have embarked on more serious efforts to get people biking to work, with government incentives from tax breaks and subsidized bicycle purchases to programs paying employees for every kilometer they commute via bike.
France’s Transport Minister, Frederic Cuvillier, recently announced that France will join the contingent of countries that pays residents to bike to work. Reuters reports that “some 20 companies and institutions employing a total of 10,000 people have signed up to pay their staff 25 euro cents (34 U.S. cents) per kilometer biked to work,” the equivalent of 55 cents per mile. According to Minister Cuvillier, France already subsidizes commutes for those residents who use cars or public transit. If this six-month experiment goes well, the ministry will embark on a larger test; ideally, it would like to see a 50 percent bump in bicycle commuting.
By signing this petition, you are thanking Minister Cuvillier and the Transport Ministry for their efforts to increase bike commutes and therefore boost air quality and citizens’ health by reducing vehicle emissions and fossil fuel use. You are also urging the Transport Ministry to continue being a leader in sustainability by expanding its experiment and adding further subsidies.
Dear Mr. Cuvillier,
I am contacting you about the Transport Ministry’s recent announcement of the program to subsidize bicycle commutes by paying residents for every kilometer they bike to work. This is a very exciting plan that follows in the footsteps of various European countries and cities that have successfully implemented campaigns to reduce air pollution and fossil fuel dependence by prioritizing biking over vehicle use. These plans provide fantastic benefits to the environment and to citizens, who will enjoy cleaner air and healthier bodies when they commute via bike.
Thank you for championing this experiment in support of bicycle commutes, and for therefore supporting the health of the environment and French citizens. Thank you for being a leader in the race for environmental responsibility. I urge you to expand this experiment to include other subsidies and to continue to advocate for more sustainable transit options.
[Your Name Here]
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