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Old 11-06-14, 02:22 PM
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Work Commute sponsorship??

Got Work Commute sponsorship?
Who here has employment where the company gives incentives for commuting to work? What are the paybacks that the company wants to realize (monetarily, moral, Physical fitness, tax write offs, Wear and tear of property) And what are the incentives that are given for doing it. Also what are the numbers of employees ( how many work there) at the job that have these incentives?
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My only incentive for commuting to work is a paycheck. They don't let me work from home, not that I'd really like to.

OHHHHH.....you mean bike commuting incentives? None whatsoever.
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My incentive is that I get to keep my job in spite of riding a bicycle every day and using the shower next to the exercise room.
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I get a closet where I can stash my bike inside while I'm working.
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Got Work Commute sponsorship?
Who here has employment where the company gives incentives for commuting to work? What are the paybacks that the company wants to realize (monetarily, moral, Physical fitness, tax write offs, Wear and tear of property) And what are the incentives that are given for doing it. Also what are the numbers of employees ( how many work there) at the job that have these incentives?
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I do through this ... limited to 1000/year applicable expenses.

https://www.gov.uk/government/public...ation-guidance

wiki entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cycle_to_Work_scheme

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Old 11-06-14, 02:52 PM
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My only incentive for commuting to work is a paycheck. They don't let me work from home, not that I'd really like to.

OHHHHH.....you mean bike commuting incentives? None whatsoever.
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My incentive is that I get to keep my job in spite of riding a bicycle every day and using the shower next to the exercise room.
Originally Posted by matimeo View Post
I get a closet where I can stash my bike inside while I'm working.
Not looking good from here. Guys how many people in your respective companies?
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None. Although I did get a nice certificate acknowledging my mileage for Bike Month.
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Old 11-06-14, 03:10 PM
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$20 a month, I just digital sign an on-line form. I think I may be the only person at my office who ever gets it, but we have other offices around the country.
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My company does provide some incentives for carpooling and mass transit, and partners with the Clean Air Campaign. For cyclists, and anyone else who participates, there is a random drawing for $25 gift cards. For car-pooling and riding buses there are additional monetary incentives.

I had a conversation with the guy who runs the Clean Air Campaign in Georgia. I was curious why there were additional incentives for people taking cars and none for cyclists. After all, cycling is friendlier to the environment than driving, so it would be logical to encourage it more. He told me, and it makes sense, that people who ride-share for three months tend to stick with it, while people who bike tend not to. The incentives are intended to help build a habit, rather than as a reward. And, for us who do stick with cycling, it's not necessarily about the money - not the $30 or so incentive level of money anyway. Those of us who do have a car (and that's who they'd target, regular sole-occupant commuters) but commute by bike anyway, generally have additional reasons. And to be honest, I told him that I'd bike even if it didn't save any money at all because for me it was simply a better way to get to work.

So there you have it - the incentives don't reliably produce bike commuters, and committed bike commuters will do it anyway. The ROI is better for incentives for mass transit and ride-sharing. Corporate thinking can run along the same lines, the one difference is that the more forward-thinking will consider the health benefits to productivity and insurance costs. But there's not a lot of hope there for cycling incentives.
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Old 11-06-14, 03:21 PM
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Nada, except the occasional look of awe for riding 11 miles each way. 3 other people regularly commute by bike but they only have a few miles to ride. I have a shower to use and can bring my bike(s) into the office, so that is a bonus I suppose. 30ish people work here. As far as I know there are no incentives given out by my state, either.
So, I just enjoy being able to ride my bike
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We're in downtown Minneapolis and we do NOT provide car parking. But we provide secure warm bike parking in the office and our attitude and that of the building management goes way beyond acceptance. We don't have room for a locker room or showers, but they are installing ones in the building soon and we have access to the fright elevator to transport bikes.

Cycling is a big part of the creative community culture in Minneapolis. We have about 50 people on the floor mostly under age 50, and at least 50% of them ride to work at least once in a while. Many of us ride daily and a handful of us ride year round. People in the office ride to work as a given. It is not considered unusual or a topic of conversation. It's expected and accepted and if you don't ride no one cares. We ride because it's obvious that it is the best way to get to work. But I'm preaching to the choir on this forum.

We are outliers I suspect.

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$20 a month, I just digital sign an on-line form. I think I may be the only person at my office who ever gets it, but we have other offices around the country.
How many people in your corporation?
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1500-2000 I think
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I've sometimes thought it would be cool to go out looking for companies that would subsidize my bike costs in exchange for me riding in a jersey with their logo. I mean, if companies are willing to sponsor bike racers this way where a relatively small group of people are watching, why not for commuting, especially in an area like Portland where a lot of people look favorably upon bike-friendly businesses?
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I've sometimes thought it would be cool to go out looking for companies that would subsidize my bike costs in exchange for me riding in a jersey with their logo. I mean, if companies are willing to sponsor bike racers this way where a relatively small group of people are watching, why not for commuting, especially in an area like Portland where a lot of people look favorably upon bike-friendly businesses?
Would you really want your company name in the hands of a bike commuter? Think about it for a minute.....yeah, probably not a great idea. You may be a responsible rider, perhaps even a model rider, but how would the company know? You could be a red light running jackass. Or someone who Airzounds peds.
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We have individual bike lockers (boxes) with locks, showers, lockers. They are talking about charging ppl for vehicle parking...but it probably won't happen for a while.
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Nothing, and one of my coworkers ranks in the top 3 nationally for BMX riders in his age bracket doesn't either.
Its a global transportation company with over 240,000 employees in the US alone.
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I get to hear lots of crazy stories about how dangerous it is, occasionally some about how people on bikes slow down cars. Other than that, the satisfaction of being the only one who makes it to work on time on snow days, the shot in the arm of a brief lunchtime ride, and I'm probably the only one getting much fresh air and exercise throughout a lot of the winter.
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I get to hear lots of crazy stories about how dangerous it is, occasionally some about how people on bikes slow down cars. Other than that, the satisfaction of being the only one who makes it to work on time on snow days, the shot in the arm of a brief lunchtime ride, and I'm probably the only one getting much fresh air and exercise throughout a lot of the winter.
You get much in the way of traffic jams in Anchorage?
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Would you really want your company name in the hands of a bike commuter? Think about it for a minute.....yeah, probably not a great idea. You may be a responsible rider, perhaps even a model rider, but how would the company know? You could be a red light running jackass. Or someone who Airzounds peds.
Have you spent much time around sponsored bike racers?
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You get much in the way of traffic jams in Anchorage?
Some places, but not like I would imagine one sees in LA or something. It definitely isn't the "everyone stop and sit" conditions I used to see in Munich.

Anchorage's traffic problems tend to revolve around narrow icy roads, which only get worse once it snows (they just keep piling the snow to the side of the road, usually without hauling it off until spring), high volumes of cars (more accurately a few cars mixed with a lot of big SUVs and trucks) racing stoplight to stoplight, poor planning, and poor maintenance.

Our drivers are pretty bad, I think partially due to prevailing attitude (we are an oil extraction "frontier" state), and partly due to the zombie-like state most people take on when the light goes away. Snow days are exciting as we right on the edge of a temperate rainforest, and can really get hammered by snow. I've seen cars stuck in the middle of the street -- they just couldn't go any further. On those days, I will sometimes ski in. It is a lot faster.

Please keep in mind this is mostly from a cyclist's perspective. I rarely start the truck, other than to get dog food, or to go play in the mountains/on the ocean.
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I worked for a company (Genentech/Roche) until last year that would pay you $12.00/day for commuting on bike. They would also pay you to take their bus or to ride public transit or to ride in a car pool. The main reason for offering the incentive was they had reached the maximum number of parking spaces the city would allow for the site and the company was continuing to grow. They really had no where else for you to park. There were about 8000 regular employees at our campus plus an equal number of contracted staff. Genentech also gave us Jerseys/ Shorts/ Windbreakers/ water bottles/ Flat Kits etc ad nauseum. I quit because they stole my soul.

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Have you spent much time around sponsored bike racers?
No, thankfully. The few I've come across while commuting seemed pretty arrogant. And faster than me, which really pisses me off. I'm boycotting the shops they were sponsored by.
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I work for the State of California. No incentives for riding my bike, though they do provide a limited number of bike lockers, at least at our regional office building - no idea about other BDOs (boards, departments, offices), and showers. The shower rooms have lockers, but you're only allowed to use them while you're at work and exercising, so I can't leave my clothes in them after hours (I used to until a co-worker snitched), even if I take my clothes into my cubicle during work hours. They do subsidize public transportation to a maximum of something like $75/month.

A couple of years ago, someone who worked for one of the boards (under the same agency my department is under) got the idea to design bicycle jerseys and shorts with the agency logo and the names of all the BDOs. I don't know exactly what hoops he had to jump through to get approval, but he finally got the OK from the Powers-that-Be. However, the kit came with "guidelines". One of the conditions of wearing the kit is that if anyone asks we need to make it clear that no state funds were used to design, procure or distribute these items. I was expecting the guidelines to say something about obeying traffic laws, being respectable representatives of the agency, or something like that, but it was mainly about no state funds being used.
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Incentives are for wusses. I don't need no stinkin incentive other than the power in these here legs.
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