- Let Congress know that a bicycle commuter benefit is wise policy.
- Support the Bicycle Commuter Act of 2021!
FABB encourages local riders to ask Congress to pass a measure to restore bicycle commuting tax benefits. Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon has introduced an amendment to the tax code, now under consideration by the House Ways and Means Committee, to modify employer-provided fringe benefits for bicycle commuting, including use of bikeshare.
In 2017, Congress eliminated a tax credit for bike commuters that had allowed employers to reimburse workers as much as $20 per month, pre-tax, for bike commuting expenses. Originally passed in 2008 and started in 2009, the law created a qualified bicycle commuting reimbursement for reasonable expenses incurred by an employee each year for the purchase of a bicycle and bicycle improvements, repair, and storage, if the bicycle was regularly used for travel between the employee’s residence and place of employment.
The proposed 2021 Bicycle Commuter Act would offer commuters up to $81 per month in pre-tax benefits—rather than a reimbursement—for biking, including electric bicycle costs and the use of bikeshare. This benefit—which could total just under $1,000 per year—would greatly encourage more bike commuting because it could be used with parking and transit benefits to provide needed flexibility for commuters to get to work efficiently use a mix of multi-modal transportation options.
Representative Don Beyer, the local 8th District Congressman, is on the Ways and Means Committee. FABB encourages local riders to contact him at https://beyer.house.gov/contact/ and express their support for the Bicycle Commuter Act of 2021.
Even if you are not a bike commuter, helping others to do so supports the local momentum for expanding and improving bike facilities, improve equity for local employees who depend on their bicycles for commuting, and gets a few more cars off the road to reduce congestion and pollution.
Please act now and Speak Up! for better bicycle commuting.