Travelling to work by bike is both good for your health and can boost a company's profits, the Dutch transport ministry said Monday.
"Employees who regularly travel to work by bike are, on average, ill one day less a year than the others. Therefore they are better value," Transport Secretary Tineke Huizinga said in a statement.
Almost a third of Dutch people bicycle to work at least three times a week.
"If this number increases by one percent, companies can save around 27 million euros (25 million dollars) every year" in sick leave, said Ingrid Hendriksen, a consultant at TNO research centre which carried out a study on the issue for the government.
Since late 2008 the government has allocated 70 million euros on encouraging people to cycle to work, transport ministry spokeswoman Anne van der Vliet told AFP.
"More measures have been decided upon, such as improving cycle lanes between peoples' home and work and increasing the number of places to park bikes at train stations," she added.