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Old 09-08-05, 03:38 PM
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Wow! I get Money!

I didn't even know this. I have been commuting for months now, and I come to find out from a friend at work, that in the security office, they have these little calender packets for car-pooling etc. Each time I ride my bike, I just put a "B" on the days I ride. Then, I turn it in at the end of the month. They record it, add up the days and give me money at the end of each quarter.

They give me $2.50/ day I ride to work (max $32.50/month). So, if ride 2-3 days a week, I figure I can get about $75 extra on my paycheck every three months. Not a bad deal, considering I am also saving money on gas, and staying in shape, so less doctor bills too.

It's not alot of money, but an $75 every three months just for riding my bike to work is worth turning in a piece of paper once amonth.

Do any of you have a program like this at work?
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Old 09-08-05, 03:40 PM
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I get $60 a month to ride to work. It's not actually for riding a bike, just not driving to to work. It originally would be spent on parking but since you're not parking, you can apply it to public transit or whatever way you're getting to work.
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Old 09-08-05, 03:52 PM
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Well in an odd kind of way, you are simply saving money, not getting money. So, the $60 is money that is already yours. In my case, they actually GIVE me more money in my check in addition to my normal pay, plus what I am savingon gas. Either way you look at it, more money ends up in our pockets to spend on Starbucks coffee.
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Very cool.

The company I used to work for in Australia included a parking space in the building as part of the salary package, but if you chose not to take the space you got an extra $140 per month. That's almost 2 Grande Lattes per day! Worked out very nicely for me.

I don't get any extra at my current company... since parking isn't at a premium and public transport is virtually non-existent, I guess they don't really see much in it for them.
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Man, that'd be nice if they offered us that incentive. But here in NYC, practically everybody takes the subway and we don't even get transit checks. The commuter reimbursement program only pays for parking, not tolls or gas. Parking at most offices outside of NYC is free so basically, it's a pointless program.
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Old 09-08-05, 07:32 PM
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No, but, and this is irritating, we get a $150 reimbursement on health club dues if, by the end of a calendar year, we turn in receipts indicating that we have paid at least that much in dues. Now, a person could join a health club and NEVER GO and would still get the money. I think that they should give the money also to anyone who rides a bike to work for at least three days a week averaged out over a calendar year. Of course that idea will never fly.
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I think that they should give the money also to anyone who rides a bike to work for at least three days a week averaged out over a calendar year. Of course that idea will never fly.
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Old 09-08-05, 09:13 PM
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That's a pretty good deal Patriot. The State of Washington has a Commute Trip Reduction program that is similar but they only dole out $2 a day with a max of $40 a month(when our office first started, some of us cyclists hit them for $44 a few times before our office manager noticed the limit). Any state worker who carpools, cycles, walks, jogs, buses or any other mode than single occupant driver can take part. You do have to form a group that has a 100 member potential to start the program though, so smaller units would have to team up to make it work. The $$ aren't enough to buy a bike but I don't seem to have any problem spending it at my LBS.
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Old 09-08-05, 10:28 PM
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I got a $45 gift certificate this year from the Municiaplity of Anchorage for filling out a questionaire the city posted on the web as part of Bike to Work day. Not as impressive as some of the other scores you guys have had, but I liked it. I get my parking paid by my company, but I let my other employees use my space when I ride my bike.
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Thats cool. That would be some motivation for me!
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That's great. There's no program like that here unfortunately. We're moving to a new building soon and the rumor is that there will be showers. Now if only I could figure out how to get paid for biking to work...
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I am a student, so I don't get paid for riding... but a parking space in my university, last time I checked, was something like $700 per year (and that would get a location that's a 15-minute walk away from most campus buildings!) I rather like saving that much money. And of course, every time I bike instead of taking public transit (which is almost always now) I save two bucks.

(This is all Canadian dollars, divide by 1.3 or so to get US dollar equivalents.)
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Originally Posted by Patriot
I didn't even know this. I have been commuting for months now, and I come to find out from a friend at work, that in the security office, they have these little calender packets for car-pooling etc. Each time I ride my bike, I just put a "B" on the days I ride. Then, I turn it in at the end of the month. They record it, add up the days and give me money at the end of each quarter.

They give me $2.50/ day I ride to work (max $32.50/month). So, if ride 2-3 days a week, I figure I can get about $75 extra on my paycheck every three months. Not a bad deal, considering I am also saving money on gas, and staying in shape, so less doctor bills too.

It's not alot of money, but an $75 every three months just for riding my bike to work is worth turning in a piece of paper once amonth.

Do any of you have a program like this at work?
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would if i was a full time employee (just a long term temp). company announced a big plan a few weeks ago to provide money for alternative transport users, and also said something about arranging guaranteed rides for people who take busses, carpool, etc if they have to work late and miss their way home, or if the weather turns and they can't do it. but i didnt pay much attention since they said full time and post doc researchers only
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We have a similar program. I work for the government, but I think the program we use is through Pierce County Transit. We don't get $$$ based on the number of days we use "alternative commuting"... we get entered into a quarterly drawing. The top prize is a $250 Visa gift card, then 5 people get $100...and so on. To get the top prizes, you have to commute 48 times in a quarter (about 4 times/wk).

Also, if you hit 48 times, you automatically win a "Premium Dream Reward!" What might that be, you ask? A vacation? A new bike? No, you get "a movie ticket, coffee or ice cream certificate, or another fun surprise! After all, you deserve it!"
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Old 09-09-05, 10:33 AM
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Man, I wish we had a program like that here. Does anyone know if Ontario has a system like this??
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My girlfriend's employer does that. Though the money isn't 'money' its 'credits.' Which wouldn't be awesome, except they distribute bike products, so its pretty effin cool.
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Wow, I get $100 a year. We have a general "fitness" thing; if you work out 1000 minutes within one quarter, you get a certificate. I didn't bother for a year or so, because they showed all the pens, coffee cups, and other useless garage sale clutter I could get for the certs. Then the HR guy said "You know, if you save 4 of them up, you can get a $100 visa gift card.

Since I'm doing about 3000+ minutes of riding a quarter anyway, I figure I might as well grab the money too.
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