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ING Bank’s student bicycle plan ‘not unique’

4 February 2008 - The ING Bank is offering a few dozen university students in Amsterdam bicycles for little over 100 euro. The bicycle plan is not unique: students’ union ASVA sells hundreds of cheap bicycles to its members, some in collaboration with the Rabobank.

The ING bicycle plan has been developed in collaboration with Business Courses, a company that brings corporate recruiters in contact with high potential students. Students in six cities including Amsterdam can obtain a new ‘grandma’ bicycle for 7.50 euro per month. After twelve months, they will own the bicycle. According to the website, 59 of the 67 bicycles assigned to Amsterdam are still available.

According to ASVA chairman Anne Janssens, the ING bicycle plan is ‘not nearly as unique as they are suggesting’. Each summer, the ASVA gives away bright orange bicycles to students who open an account at the Rabobank. The bank not only pays for the bicycle, but also for their ASVA membership.

Students who want nothing to do with the Rabobank, or who do not want their bicycle spray-painted bright orange, can obtain a bicycle from the ASVA for 45 euro. Contrary to the ING bicycles, these “do not have a ridiculous advertising sign but a simple orange ASVA sticker”, Janssens explains. Both the ASVA bicycles and the ASVA / Rabobank bicycles are deserted bicycles that have been impounded by the municipality and subsequently restored.

About 500 ASVA bicycles have been sold since last summer, and a similar number of Rabobank bicycles have been given away during the summer. One of the objectives of the initiative is to prevent students buying stolen bicycles.

Janssens does not see the ING initiative as competition. “Our aim is to help as many students as possible obtain a legitimate bicycle for as low a price as possible. We have no problem with the ING trying to help out students. They can always call us if they have a problem disposing of their bicycles”.

ING bicycle plan, ASVA bicycle plan (both in Dutch)


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