French mayor helps you cut on gas expenses by buying you a bike

The conservative Mayor of Colmar, France, Mr. Gilber Meyer, has decided to give a hand to households so they spend less money in gasoline. How? He's giving away €100 per household to purchase a bicycle. His deputy for urbanism and security, Yves Hemedinger, states "It's well known that one of France's main worries are the high cost of oil and ecology. This measure will help our citizens save money and pollute less for their displacements." Since you can find a bicycle for about €100-120, this is a good deal. Almost a thousand applications have been received so far. The town is also installing new bicycle lanes which will extend the Alsacian town's network up to 67 km. This is quite a radical measure compared to gas tax breaks!

[Source: Libération]

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