Rehberg Backs Bicycle Commuter Bill
Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today announced he is cosponsoring a bi-partisan measure to provide tax incentives to employers who offer transportation benefits for their employees to commute to work by bicycle. The legislation is entitled The Bicycle Commuter Act of 2007.
"Bicycle transportation is one of the cleanest, healthiest ways to get to and from work, and it should be encouraged," said Rehberg, a member of the House Bike Caucus. "This measure will put bicycle commuting on the same level as other means of transportation for employers who choose to grant transportation benefits to their employees."
The Bicycle Commuter Act of 2007, introduced by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), would amend the Internal Revenue Code to include bicycle commuting as an allowable transportation fringe benefit for employers. Under current law, employers may offer tax-exempt transportation fringe benefits to employees to cover the costs of their qualified parking, public transit, or vanpooling commutes. Employees can receive a tax-exempt benefit up to $215 per month if they participate in qualified parking plans, or up to $110 per month for public transit and vanpooling options.
"We are grateful for Congressman Rehberg's support of the Bicycle Commuter Act, which will get more people on bikes, help businesses provide healthier, less expensive commute options for their employees, and reduce our country's dependence on imported oil," said Jim Sayer, Executive Director of Adventure Cycling Association.
Adventure Cycling, based in Missoula, is North America's largest membership-based cycling organization, with over 42,000 members. A non-profit organization, its mission is to inspire people of all ages to travel by bicycle. Rehberg met with Sayer and Adventure Cycling members in April.