Reps. Blumenauer, Buchanan and Pressley Introduce Tax Benefit for Bicycle Commuters
Washington, DC – Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Vern Buchanan (R-FL), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), today introduced the Bicycle Commuter Act of 2019. This legislation reinstates and modifies the bicycle commuter tax benefit to incentivize bike commuting.
The Bicycle Commuter Act of 2019 reinstates the bicycle commuter benefit; changes its structure to make it a pre-tax benefit, like parking and transit, rather than a reimbursement; allows employees to receive a bicycle benefit of up to 20% of the parking benefit; permits the bicycle benefit to be used with the parking and transit benefit; and clarifies that bikeshare and electric bikeshare eligible.
“Communities of all sizes are demanding better transportation options to get to work and it is past time that the federal government provides the flexibility and incentives needed to encourage bike community. We must offer more transportation choices that are better for the environment, cheaper for families and incentivize burning calories, not carbon,” said Rep. Blumenauer.
“Incentivizing bicycle commuting helps people stay active, promotes a clean environment and is good for the economy,” Rep. Buchanan said. “I’m excited to continue co-leading bipartisan efforts to encourage biking and the numerous benefits that come with it.”
“Access to transit is not only an economic issue, it's an equity and public health issue,” said Rep. Pressley. “As representatives of the people, it is our responsibility to invest in transit options like biking that offer flexible and efficient means for everyday travel, recreation, and commuting for all communities. We must restore our commitment to clean forms of mass transit.”
Communities across the country have realized the benefits of cycling and substantially invested in building better bike networks and improving facilities for biking to work. More than 100 communities of all sizes have installed or permitted bikeshare systems, supporting a nationwide network of nearly 5,000 stations, more than 100,000 bikes, and more than 120 million trips since 2010. These investments are one of the reasons that rates of biking to work have nearly doubled since 2000 while driving and public transportation rates have increased by 16 percent and 26 percent, respectively. The Bicycle Commuter Act provides the flexibility and incentive for taking a bicycle, a clean and healthy mode of transportation, on their commute. You can find text of the bill here.