Sending Office: Honorable Earl Blumenauer
Sent By:
Jon.Bosworth@mail.house.gov

Endorsed by: American Society of Landscape Architects, Association for Commuter Transportation, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), Coalition for Smarter Transportation (CoaST), The League of American Bicyclists, New
York City Department of Transportation, PeopleForBikes, The Safe Routes to Schools Partnership
.

Dear Colleague,

Please join me as a cosponsor of H.R. 1507, the Bicycle Commuter Act of 2019.
This bipartisan legislation
will reinstate the bicycle commuter tax benefit, modify the benefit to be used in concert with parking and transit benefits, and expand the bicycle benefit to include bikeshare and electric bikes.

The bicycle is the most efficient form of urban transportation ever devised. Cycling reduces carbon emissions, provides enormous physical and mental health benefits, and is one of the most cost-effective modes of transportation available. Communities across
the country have realized these benefits and substantially invested in building better bike networks and improving facilities for biking to work. Across America, 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.

Despite these impressive developments, there is currently no commuter tax benefit for biking to work. Public Law 115-97 suspended the bicycle commuting reimbursement benefit through 2025, taking away a valuable financial incentive for people who choose to
bike to work. The Bicycle Commuter Act reverses the benefit’s suspension, changes the structure of the benefit to be more flexible to, and adds bikeshare as eligible for the benefit. Employees don’t commute the same way every day and our commuter tax benefits
should reflect that. The Bicycle Commuter Act provides the flexibility that people need while also incentivizing a clean and healthy mode of transportation: the bicycle.

To sign-on as a cosponsor, please contact Jon Bosworth in my office at
Jon.Bosworth@mail.house.gov
.

Sincerely,

 

Earl Blumenauer
Member of Congress
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