In a time of skyrocketing oil prices, and during Bike Month, it’s time to get some momentum behind the Senate version of Rep. Blumenauer’s Bike Commuter Act.
The BTA spent some time in DC this March pushing folks to support the Act, and we’re thrilled Sen. Wyden decided to introduce the Senate version.
Sen. Smith’s office has indicated interest, but is reluctant because of the costs, and is yet to commit to supporting it. The bill may come before the full Senate in a couple weeks. As it has been referred to the Finance Committee, and Sen. Smith sits on that Committee, his support is especially important!
This proposed federal legislation would give employers the option of reimbursing employees who commute by bicycle for their commuting costs, equal to the transit benefit (up to $105/month, but probably much less).
Commuters who travel to work by bus, train, and carpools already benefit from this type of reimbursement program. The Act would extend this transportation fringe benefit to bicycle commuters to allow them to recoup some of the costs of commuting, such as lights, bike maintenance, rain gear, panniers, locks, parking (locker rental), and changing facilities.
Please call Smith today and encourage him to cosponsor and support the Bicycle Commuters Benefits Act, S. 2635
Call or write: Gordon Smith, (202) 224.3753, or call his district office at (503) 326.3386. Mention you’re a constituent, who else you may represent (a business or organization), and why you support the Act.
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