Amazon workers who return to the company’s Seattle office by bicycle could receive a pay off.
The company recently announced that it would be adding a bike-friendly commuter benefit that provides workers $170 a month to its over 60,000 tech employees if they bike to work.
The bike benefit aims to cover expenses such as bike leases, bike rentals, maintenance and parking. Employees who have not signed up for parking in an Amazon parking garage will have the perk available to them.
In doing so, Amazon hopes to grow its sustainability strategies and encourage greener mobility. It also doesn’t hurt that these initiatives could help the company in the increasing competition for top talent.
In fact, other major tech companies like Microsoft and Google also offer bike-related incentives.
At the moment, Amazon claims that 20% of its employees in Seattle walk or bike to work, and the other 50% use public transportation or carpool.
“Reducing our carbon footprint is a multifaceted effort that includes building urban and well-connected campuses, designing buildings that use renewable energy, and making it easy for employees to choose public transportation over their single-occupancy vehicles,” said John Schoettler, vice president of Global Real Estate and Facilities at Amazon.