I found out today that my company has joined an initiative to reward workers who ride to work. They are giving spending vouchers for bike stuff, redeemable at bike shops that participate in the nationwide program. It is being considered both as an incentive and benefit. Be healthy by riding, and use the medical insurance less. Use less gas by riding and do a small bit for the environment. Etc.
So I'll be getting $20/month in vouchers, every month, to ride my bike to work. They call it an offset to the cost of cycling, allowing me to buy items needed to keep up the riding. Tires, chains, helmets and so on. As far as I know there are no restrictions as to what you can purchase. Im pretty sure it is nontaxable as income, too.
It also benefits the LBS, since they are face-to-face coupons, not e-vouchers. You gotta go to a brick and mortar store to spend them.
Alright, $20/month isn't a lot - a hard core roadie would probably sneer at such a paltry sum. After all, $100 jerseys, $200 shoes and so on would eat up this windfall in no time. But commuters just pedal from place to place... Boring, possibly. But that high dollar, glitzy race gear is kinda lost on us work haulers. This money could help keep me in tires, chains, etc., for the season.
Hey, free bike stuff to do something I'm doing anyway? Count me in!