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Old 03-03-05, 01:44 PM
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Need another GOOD reason to start commuting by bike?

Two bills in the U.S. congress could let you earn as much as $100 per month for riding to work.

The Bicycle Commuter Act would allow an employer to add bicycling to the tax code's definition of "transportation fringe benefit." That's an incentive to get more people to use alternative transportation for commuting -- reducing traffic, pollution and wear on roads.

Under H.R. 807, your employer could grant a monthly cash reimbursement of up to $100 if you pedal to work. The company would get a tax break while you smile all the way to the bank.

The League of American Bicyclists has the legislative details at http://www.bikeleague.org

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Old 03-03-05, 02:51 PM
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boy, that'd really be a factor in my next employment search. $100/month is nothing to sneeze at.
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Old 03-03-05, 03:48 PM
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No more bike maintenance, just save up $1200 and get a new bike every spring.
I won't be holding my breath with the current administration's focus on oil and the pipe
dream of hydrogen. Plus, it would be a wierd thing for your employer to verify.
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Old 03-03-05, 05:22 PM
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That would be so awsome. I wonder how many days do you have to commute by bike to qualify? I guess that's up to each employer.
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Old 03-03-05, 05:26 PM
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Veeeeery nice. I like it! 100$ a month for me, who makes 600-800 a month during school, is not bad at all. Also, saving on gas, car expenses, and feeling good in general make it even more worth it.
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Here in Ohio, we have Governor Taft, who will make shure that is not possible. The guy steals from us Ohioans as he done many times before in the past. I can really use the MONEY!

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Old 03-06-05, 12:01 PM
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Originally Posted by super-douper
boy, that'd really be a factor in my next employment search. $100/month is nothing to sneeze at.
When we ride more, don't we need to "sneeze" less? I wonder if it would only come off at tax time? It could be included as a code on our W-2, or self-employed people would be able to claim it somehow on their return. Take it directly off income tax owed, like the child deduction.
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Old 03-06-05, 12:47 PM
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They want to encourage us to ride to work..Besides cash..How about safety..pr campaign to the public about cycling benefits, tell them of cyclists equal rights to the road...Build bike shoulders adjacent highways, so we will be safe...
This is a positive thing for the US if significant numbers of commuters converted to cycling...
15% reduction of petroleum importation...that is major bucks to our balance of trade deficit....what..maximum montly trade deficit has been like $50 billion..and we can't understand why the dollar is weak.
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yes i agree maintaining a bike is difficult.
i need to learn how to just do basic fixing. dis and dat.
1,200 dollars is a lot. what about just grabbing the closest
ghetto bike? or bar bike and ride that into the ground?
breaks? who needs um? currently i don't have front breaks.
something is wrong with um, ya learn how to ride without luxuries.
i am changing my tune though...learning how to fix things may not be a bad idea.
i think i just need a hobby too. i tried sewing and knitting that didn't work.
and a few other ones, but maybe this will work. i can at least take things apart-i just cannot get them back together.
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Old 03-16-05, 11:37 AM
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Is there anything like this brewing in Canada? They may have to define a year as seven or eight months though, the weather is bad enough at times to discourage even hardcore cyclists.
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Is there anything like this brewing in Canada? They may have to define a year as seven or eight months though, the weather is bad enough at times to discourage even hardcore cyclists.
I haven't heard of anything like this, but now would be a good time to lobby for tax breaks for cyclists or pubic transit users. We have to meet our Kyoto target somehow, and this sort of incentive is easy for governments to implements, doesn't cost them much, and lets them say, "Hey, we did something!".
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Wow! That would be great...actually have a positive incentive to get people commuting on bikes.
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Even if it passes Congress, I wouldn't expect to be getting a check anytime soon. The $100 comes out of your company's bank account. I don't know the IRS code well enough (read: at all), so I don't know what kind of tax break they'll get. But in my company's case, I know that if they have to pay out more than they'd get back, they wouldn't do it. If you already get the Transportation Fringe Benefit for parking/transit, you probably could expect to benefit. Unfortunately, I don't. But I'm going to start commuting anyway, just as soon as it warms up a bit.
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That they are even considering such a resolution in the House is awesome !!
Even if it does not pass, just having a resolution on the books sets a precedent for the consideration of future resolutions.
Hope it amounts to something - write your reps. to express your support for relavent legislation - you are the constituency.
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They may have to define a year as seven or eight months though, the weather is bad enough at times to discourage even hardcore cyclists.
Yeah, whatever. I commuted by bike on the snowstorm days in Alaska, and was faster than car traffic for half the commute.
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Old 03-16-05, 07:46 PM
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Yeah, whatever. I commuted by bike on the snowstorm days in Alaska, and was faster than car traffic for half the commute.
OK, but you can't expect everyone who wants to commute by bike to be so hardcore. What I'm saying is, the gov. should not expect people to ride 365 days a year, because maybe 1 in 1000 or less would (be able to) do it.
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