Bike Commuter Act

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) are joining cycling advocates to introduce the Bike Commuter Act in Congress this week. The bill amends a section of the IRS code to include "bicycles" in the definition of transportation covered by fringe benefits. It provides incentives for employees to ride to work, recognizing that more than 50% of people commute five miles or less to their jobs and could easily do it on a bicycle, particularly if there's money to be made. With financial incentives presently offered for various types of commuting, Blumenauer and Wyden figure it's time to include cyclists in the Transportation Fringe Benefit. Unfortunately, the news release didn't say what the incentive would be. Perhaps that's part of the debate.  Excerpted from roadbikerider.com

Every year as I file my taxes and come across the exemption for  hybrid vehicles.  I've often wondered why they didn't encourage people to ride a bus, bikes, or walk.  Perhaps it will finally become a reality.

3 comments

    • Mark on March 15, 2007 at 7:32 pm
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    Looking at the online congressional bill tracking website, it looks like this same bill has been introduced each session of congress since March 28th, 2001! Perhaps things will be different this time around.

  1. I do feel there is more of a climate for environmentally positive actions right now. Keep us posted on the results!

    • Mark on March 19, 2007 at 9:23 am
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    Here is an official post from the League of American Bicyclists. If you are truly interested in supporting this cause, I would encourage you to enter your zipcode on the site and write your representatives and senators.

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