Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Commuter Check Voucher for Bicycling

Does your company offer the new Bicycle Commuter benefit of $20/month toward the costs of bicycle commuting? Accor Services recently announced the availability of Commuter Check Vouchers for the Bicycle Commuter Act that went into effect on January 1, 2009. Employers can implement the program in one of two ways, 1) as a $20 per month subsidy (where the employer pays the cost) or 2) as $20.00 per month pre-tax salary deduction (where employees take the money out of their salary pre-tax).

Vouchers are then issued for the subsidy amount. According to the Commuter Check website, "Vouchers are redeemable at dedicated bicycle shops and bicycle parking and storage locations across the country."

The only "dedicated bicycle shops" (Excel file) listed for Virginia are REI stores in Bailey's Crossroads and Fairfax. Bicycle shops can apply to participate in the program, so contact your local shop to encourage them to sign up.

[Update: It looks like The Bike Lane and bikes@vienna will both be accepting vouchers in the future.]

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