The Bicycle Commuter Act

For better or worse, I’m a fairly apolitical man, and I rarely sign petitions without a lot of forethought and research. However, an email today from O2 Cycling Advocates on a bill that could bolster the status of bike commuters (like myself) convinced me to do just that.

Here’s the just of it. . .

The Bicycle Commuter Act (H.R.807, S.2635) is before congress right now. It would provide a tax benefit to employers who offer cash reimbursements to employees who ride to work in order to help defray their commuting costs. All this requires is an amendment to the Transportation Fringe Benefit of the tax code to extend the definition of “transportation” to include bicycles. Employers are given the flexibility to set their own levels of benefit payments and the bike commuter can use those payments to pay for a bike, accessories, safety equipment, insurance, and locker or shower fees.

Here’s what you do:

Go to this link——and input your zip code, and the page generates emails to go to all your congress people.

Then just “e-sign” it and send along.

Civil discourse, easy as cake.

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.