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Bicycle Commuter Act Passes Congress

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…now it awaits Bush’s signature.

After seven long years, the bicycle commuter tax provision has finally passed both the House and Senate as part of the financial bailout package. President Bush has said that he is eager to sign the legislation. “We are delighted that the bicycle commuter benefits act has passed after a lengthy and persistent campaign spearheaded by Congressman Blumenauer (D-OR),” said League President Andy Clarke. “Bicycle commuters will now be extended similar benefits to people who take transit and drive to work – it’s an equitable and sensible incentive to encourage greater energy independence, improve air quality and health, and even help tackle climate change. Thanks to everyone who has helped reach this milestone, especially Walter Finch and Mele Williams, our government relations staff over the years who have worked tirelessly with Congressman Blumenauer, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and many others in Congress.”

Thanks also to all of you around the country who have contacted your congressional leaders over the years. Keep checking back at http://www.bikeleague.org as we work on the implementation process.

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Ron
Ron
14 years ago

Tyler,

The provision for extending benefits is good, however, its still upon the company a person works in to decide whether they want to comply. When I spoke to my HR rep about it, this is what they said :

“We have elected not to participate in any parking or transportation allowances under IRC 132(f).”

Bummer.

Justin
Justin
14 years ago

From what I have seen this thing equates to $20 a month for the bicycle commuter (if your employer participates). I am not a nutritionist, but I would guess that your grocery bill will increase by that much if you live more than 5 miles from work! No god fearing ‘Merican is going to be motivated to commute by bike for such a pittance. Sad.

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