Call Sen. Smith to Support Bike Commuting

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.

Sen Smith photo
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.

Sen. Smith
One World Trade Center
121 SW Salmon Street, Suite 1250
Portland, OR 97204

More background info

About Sen. Wyden’s introduction.


Comments (5)

  1. Greg Wilkes Permalink  | May 11, 2006 05:21pm

    I am a bike commuter, ride from Gresham to the Oregon Zoo, been there for 13 years. I am unable to drive a car because of an automobile accident I was in in 1991. I also think passing a bill like this one would be inscentive for some to consider biking rather than driving. The more biking on the roads is less polution into our breathing air. Thank you, Greg Wilkes

  2. Michael Wolfe Permalink  | May 16, 2006 09:58am

    I’ve been in the bike industry for over 25 years. Most of the commuters I’ve done business with have done it either out of principle or lack of money. Either way, the good they have done for this country (countless benefits, fiscally, environmentally, socially) deserves some reward and recognition. And for those who haven’t yet got on the bike, the additional monetary incentive may eject them from the seat of the motorized vehicle that is subsidized by all of us, regardless of how little we use that mode (air, water, land qualities, health & fitness, maintenance of our roadways, dependence on foreign energy resources, etc.). We need to break the habit, for we have built it, and they’re still coming, with all the damage that accompanies the use of asphalt demanding, pollution spewing, and obesity building vehicles.

  3. Chuck Young Permalink  | Jun 14, 2006 01:21pm

    I have commuted to work by bicycle year round for 10+ years now. I do it for the physical benefit I get and the benefit to the environment by not adding to the pollution levels with ‘One More Car’ on the road. I would much rather ride a bike to work than drive my car.

    This bill just may give some people the incentive they need to begin to commute by bicycle. All of our elected officials need to add their support to this much needed bill.

    We cannot continue to pollute our planet at the rate we have done so in the past. We must find alternatives to burning fossil fuels for transportation.

  4. Loren Bourassa Permalink  | Nov 17, 2006 01:55am

    I’ve been commuting for 2 years now, and I have to say it’s one of the best things I have ever done. Myself and many of my coworkers would benefit greatly from a program like this. If anyone deserves this transit benefit, it is the people out there that are actually working to get to work.

  5. Mitch Shults Permalink  | Jul 25, 2007 09:04am

    I’m a 20-year bike commuter. I don’t want or need a subsidy. What I’d much rather see is a complete cessation of the massive subsidies that are being provided to automobile drivers. Put everyone on an equal footing in which everyone faces the full costs of their behavior, and that behavior will change.

    This proposal is politics as usual. Bolder action is needed to effect real change.