Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-31-08, 09:54 AM   #1
Nightshade
Humvee of bikes =Worksman
Thread Starter
 
Nightshade's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 5,363
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Get paid to bike commute by Uncle Sam

There is a bill about to pass in congress that will pay you to
bike to work!! Bill Number is H.R.6049.


Bike part of bill....

Deleted

whole bill......

Deleted


(sorry, the damn links won't stay locked. Google H.R. 6049)
__________________
My preferred bicycle brand is.......WORKSMAN CYCLES
I dislike clipless pedals on any city bike since I feel they are unsafe.

Originally Posted by krazygluon
Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
Aluminum: barely a hundred, which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?

Last edited by Nightshade; 06-03-08 at 09:04 PM.
Nightshade is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-08, 10:27 AM   #2
itsmoot
in cog neato
 
itsmoot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Missouri
Bikes:
Posts: 357
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
That would be sweet but the links you gave don't seem to work. I found a summary of the bill here but I don't see anything about being paid/getting a tax deduction for bike commuting. Can you quote and post the relevant text?

Last edited by itsmoot; 06-02-08 at 11:28 AM.
itsmoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-08, 02:18 AM   #3
ternitoff...
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Austin, Tx
Bikes: SS
Posts: 22
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Talk about a big let down

Fix your links please
ternitoff... is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-08, 07:31 PM   #4
BA Commuter
Comfortably Numb!
 
BA Commuter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: East Jabip
Bikes: Jamis Commuter 3.0
Posts: 943
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Let your elected officials know how you feel...
http://tinyurl.com/3r7rt7
BA Commuter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-08, 05:43 AM   #5
burvowski
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 22
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
"Fringe benefit for bicycle commuters. The bill allows employers to provide employees that
commute to work using a bicycle limited fringe benefits to offset the costs of such commuting
(e.g., bicycle storage). This proposal is estimated to cost $10 million over 10 years. "

$10 million over 10 years doesn't seem like a lot for a gov't program...
burvowski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-08, 06:02 AM   #6
making
Super Moderator
 
making's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Augusta GA
Bikes: Road bike
Posts: 2,698
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 364 Post(s)
10 million here, 10 million there, after a while it adds up to lots of money.
__________________
Good Night Chesty, Wherever You Are
making is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-08, 06:13 AM   #7
bab2000
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
Bikes: riders:Schwinn Continental ('80), Specialized Crossroads Sport ('07), Schwinn Super Sport (73), Schwinn Superior (76), Projects: Schwinn Sprint ('74), Trek 800 & Schwinn Continental ('71)
Posts: 524
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by burvowski View Post
$10 million over 10 years doesn't seem like a lot for a gov't program...
It doesn't, that only indicates that it will not be monitored, no studies will be conducted to determine if any employers adopted the program. $10 M just gets it on the books, it would take 100x that amount to make it practice.
bab2000 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-08, 06:16 AM   #8
making
Super Moderator
 
making's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Augusta GA
Bikes: Road bike
Posts: 2,698
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 364 Post(s)
I was joking about how much money 10 mill, and how little it will do.
__________________
Good Night Chesty, Wherever You Are
making is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-08, 06:34 AM   #9
operator
cab horn
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Toronto
Bikes: 1987 Bianchi Campione
Posts: 28,306
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by making View Post
10 million here, 10 million there, after a while it adds up to lots of money.
Yeah, you could directly fund the iraq war for maybe all of what 3 seconds with $10M? People shouldn't be paid to ride their bike to work. It should feel good and be natural, not a chore or something to be offset with monetary reimbursement.
operator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-08, 10:41 AM   #10
JeffC
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Washington DC Area
Bikes:
Posts: 195
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
This bicycle related portions of this bill are not that good. They (bicycle related parts of this bill) do not provide for a deduction or credit on your tax return. They would amend section 132 of the Internal Revenue Code. The maximum benefit one could get would be $20 tax free per month but that is subject to a few restrictions. First, your employer’s accounting/tax/HR/etc. department has to arrange it so that employees can get reimbursed up to $20 per month. A lot of employers will not do this, most likely only larger employers. Nothing requires employers to arrange for their employees to get this benefit.

Second, the $20 benefit for bicycle commuting expenses is exclusive to the other three transportation benefits you can already get under section 132 of the Internal Revenue Code. The transportation fringe benefit most people are familiar with under section 132 is the maximum $110 per month mass transit benefit, I forget what the other two are. Currently, I request less than the maximum mass transit benefit from my employer (because I commute many days by bike) to use the Washington DC metro. As I read the bill, one will be forced to choose one and only one type of transportation fringe benefit under the bill. The bill appears to be drafted so that you can choose each month but I cannot imagine my employer wanting me to flip flop between getting subway passes or bike commuter reimbursement, let alone even being able to execute the paperwork to allow this. So, if you mix it up and use the subway and bike, you appear to be out of luck and cannot get both which seems really shortsighted to me.

The third drawback, is that the benefit would not apply until 2009.
JeffC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-08, 01:36 PM   #11
geo8rge
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 2,012
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Bill is basically a scam. Mostly crazy energy schemes. Cellulosic what? It would be better if the individual deduction were increased, I am sure people would buy bikes with the money.
__________________
2000 Montague CX, I do not recommend it, but still ride it.
Strida 3, I recommend it for rides < 10mi wo steep hills.
2006 Rowbike 720 Sport, I recommend it as an exercise bike.
1996 Birdy, Recommend.
Wieleder CARiBIKE (folding), decent frame.
geo8rge is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-08, 01:41 PM   #12
becnal
I'm made of earth!
 
becnal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Bikes: Raleigh Aspen touring/off-road hybrid, and a Bob Yak trailer. Yak very useful for us car-free types that like to buy lots of beer.
Posts: 2,012
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Most americans already HAVE bikes. They just don't ride them.
becnal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-08, 04:52 PM   #13
itsmoot
in cog neato
 
itsmoot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Missouri
Bikes:
Posts: 357
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Cash incentives for employers to provide bicycle parking would be a better idea. And provide more cash for better parking facilities, like covered or even indoor.

If I didn't currently telecommute, THAT would be a big incentive for me to bike to work.
itsmoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:58 PM.