Bike Commuter Benefits Act

Wow, am I slow out of the starting gate. I just found out this morning that this bill was tacked onto the Wall Street bailout, in an effort to get Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) to sign the bill (which he initially voted against). I don’t exactly know how this will play out, how to qualify for this measly $20/month, but it takes effect next year (2009). If you already get some kind of commuting subsidy from your employer, like a monthly bus pass, you won’t qualify. It does sound like it’s not mandatory, and employers can still elect NOT to abide by it, which I admit I don’t understand. Bike Portland has more on it, and Yokota Fritz has the text of the bill at his site, Twenty bucks isn’t much, but when you’re first gearing up to become a bike commuter, it can help. I’m just sorry it was tacked onto this bailout, and people will point fingers at more “pork”.


About D. D. Syrdal

Writer of vampire stories and science fiction. First novel, "Revenants Abroad", available now at Amazon,,, Smashwords. If you like a vampire you can go out drinking with and still respect yourself in the morning, I think you'd like Andrej.
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2 Responses to Bike Commuter Benefits Act

  1. metaljaybird says:

    I wish the bill never happened. As you can see, it did not give confidence to Wall Street.

    Let the pigs die.

  2. Digital Dame says:

    The execs who did this to the country world should have their personal bank accounts, multi-million dollar homes, everything confiscated to pay for the mess. Even that may not cover all of it, but it’d be a start. It’s obscene that they are allowed to profit from this.

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