Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on May 11th, 2006 at 2:46 pm
If you think bicycle commuters deserve the same tax benefits from employers that already exist for drivers and transit users now is the time to make your voice heard. I just got this urgent call to action from Jessica Roberts at the BTA.
There is a bill in Congress right now that would benefit cyclists around the state (and nation).
Senator Wyden (with nudging from the BTA and other bike leaders) introduced a Senate version of Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s bill to provide tax benefits to bicycle commuters (as already exists for transit passes and car parking).
Now we want Gordon Smith, Oregon’s other senator, to get on the wagon (er, the saddle?) too and co-sponsor this great bill.
Senator Smith doesn’t want to support it because he feels the costs are too high. We disagree and feel it’s only fair to extend the same benefits that drivers and transit users receive to bicycling, a healthy and emissions-free vehicle and a great way for people to combat rising gas prices.
Please call Senator Smith today and encourage him to cosponsor and support the Bicycle Commuters Benefits Act, S. 2635. You can reach him at (202) 224.3753 (or find the closest state office here).
Be sure to mention you’re a constituent, who else you may represent (a business or organization), and why you support the Act.
See this post on the BTA Blog for more info.
It’s sad we even have to advocate for something like this. Regardless, this needs to happen and it’s much more likely to if you pick up the phone and dial (202) 224-3753.
I just tried to leave a message and I couldn’t…his voice mailbox is full! Please keep the number handy and try until you get through.