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Action Alert – SAVE THE BIKE COMMUTER BENEFIT!

A Proposed Senate tax bill ENDS bike commuter benefit BUT keeps commuter tax breaks for driving!

Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi is on the on the Senate Finance Committee that will be voting on this bill on Monday and we need you to ask him to support an amendment to fix the bill.

The Senate tax reform plan released on Thursday, eliminates the bike commuter benefit while keeping commuter benefits for driving and riding transit! If Congress is going to support benefits for some commuters, they should offer them to all commuters. The commuter parking benefit costs the federal government over $7 billion each year – 35 times the highest possible cost of the bike benefit.  

The Senate is trying to pass the bill as fast as possible – with Finance committee votes starting on Monday. We are working to get an amendment introduced to reinstate the bike benefit, so that the finance committee has a chance to reinstate the benefit to the growing number of bike commuters across the country. 

Please act this weekend – Ask Senator Enzi to reinstate the bike commuter benefit by clicking this link: http://mobilize4change.org/LEjzXYtcompleting the League of American Bicyclists action form and telling him:

1. If Congress is going to offer commuter benefits to some commuters, they should offer them to all commuters!

2. Commuter benefits cost over $8.6 billion each year

3. If every bike commuter in the United States used the bike commuter benefit it would cost less than 2.5% of that amount

4. Eliminating the bike benefit alone does not significantly address revenue lost to commuter benefits

5. The bike commuter benefit is a low cost way to promote healthier, livable communities.

6. The average consumer spends over $4,500 each year on gas and other vehicle expenses

7. The average cost of bike commuting is $350 per year. The bicycle commuter benefit covers up to $240 each year to defray costs of purchase, maintenance, and improvements for commuter bicycles.

Please act today!


We encourage you to get involved in your local communities and if there is anything that we can help with, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We are continuing to with communities throughout the state to develop infrastructure and policies to support people-powered activities like biking and walking.  We cannot do this without the your support, so  please consider becoming a member or partner.

 

 

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