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Bosch is launching a bicycle leasing initiative for associates
Among other things, cycling is fast, eco-friendly, and healthy. These are some of the reasons why Bosch has decided to launch an e-bike leasing initiative that will allow associates to get bicycles and e-bikes directly through the company starting in February 2018. The new initiative is part of the works agreement that Bosch concluded with associate representatives. The mobility and well-being offer applies to more than 100,000 associates in Germany, who can now choose their bicycles or e-bikes from one of 4,000 specialist dealers. Bosch then handles the leasing contract details, and the bicycles can be used for personal or work-related purposes. “With this mobility offer, we want to contribute to improving urban air quality and promote the health of our associates,” says Christoph Kübel, member of the board of management and director of industrial relations at Robert Bosch GmbH.
More than ten million of Germany’s commuters travel less than ten kilometers to get to work. In such instances, the bicycle is the fastest – and cleanest – mode of transportation. Ten times more CO2 is produced with a ride on public transit that on a bicycle. Bicycle leasing thus contributes to improving air quality in cities. More than half of Germany’s population already considers the e-bike a good alternative to the car, and the German Federal government aims to increase the share of bicycles in road traffic to 15 percent by 2020, up from 12 percent today.
Cycling is healthy
People who ride their bicycles to work also keep fit. According to a British study, commuters who cycle to work reduce the risk of heart attack by 46 percent compared with people who drive their cars or take the train. The combination of physical activity and fresh air strengthens the immune system, improves concentration and responsiveness, and generally has a positive effect on brain activity. Moreover, endurance sports also stimulate the production of serotonin and endorphins, which are known to stimulate happiness, and this helps prevent mental illness.
More information on the topic of bicycle leasing at Bosch can be found here
Bosch North America is encouraging associates to do more exercise
Doing enough exercise on a regular basis can be a challenge for people who spend their days working at a desk. But Bosch North America has decided to do something about it: with its “Walk this Way Challenge”, the company is encouraging associates to take 10,000 steps each day for a period of three months. Set to begin on May 4, the initiative is part of the “Be Well” program, which aims to support associates’ health with a broad range of fitness and preventative measures. Associates who commit to participating can win several prizes, such as contributions to health accounts or gift certificates.
Dan Ploeg, Group Manager Diesel Systems at Bosch in Kentwood, Michigan, is taking part in the program. In 2012, he was hospitalized following a heart attack. “If I had started doing something like ‘Be Well’ 25 years ago, I probably wouldn’t have ended up in the hospital with heart problems,” he says. Today, Dan Ploeg uses his breaks to take a walk with his colleagues around the Kentwood site. In so doing, they walk almost a mile each day. Ploeg tells his colleagues to start taking preventative measures at an early stage. “I tell everyone do to sports and do the right thing for their bodies.”
With programs such as “Be Well,” which are run at locations around the world, Bosch offers its associates opportunities to actively take control of their health. The program includes annual screenings, flu shots, and professional support in the event of chronic illness or doctor-recommended weight loss. Associates can also take advantage of wellness or fitness offers.
More information on Bosch North America’s health programs can be found here