cycle_green Cycle: Join the Movement

Why Cycle?

Cycling to work is one of the most powerful ways to positively impact our region’s traffic congestion. When you trade your car for a bike, you save money, fit a workout into a busy schedule and experience the joys of zipping past traffic on two wheels. With all of the environmental and health benefits of a human-powered commute, it is no wonder that cycling to work has increased by 60 percent and 4.3 percent of Coloradans now cycle or walk to work.

Getting Started

Enjoy the wind in your air and cruising to work on two wheels with these simple tips:

  1. Map Your Route – Before embarking on a bike commute, map your route and then trace those steps either as a pedestrian or in a car. It is a good practice to know your route and how cyclists are integrated into traffic.
  2. Buy Proper Gear – Set yourself up for success and enjoy the ride to and from the office by ensuring you have the proper gear. If you do not have a bike, consider learning more about bike share programs in the northwest metro region. Looking to buy? Take into consideration your fitness level and length of commute when making your purchase. A good helmet, bikes lights and comfortable clothing are key ingredients for an enjoyable ride!
  3. Safety, Safety, Safety! – Before hopping on your bike, make sure you know proper hand signals and how your helmet should fit.
  4. Scope Out Your Office – Does your employer have bike racks and showers that you can use after biking into the office
  5. Buddy up! – One of the best ways to learn the ins and outs of a bike commute is to buddy up with an existing rider.

Bicycling Tax Benefit

The Bicycle Commuter Tax Benefit allows employers to offer a fringe benefit of $20/month for employees to put toward the purchase of a bicycle and any bicycle improvements, repairs, or storage costs. However, employees cannot receive the Bicycle Commuter Tax Benefit and transit or vanpool tax benefits.

In exchange for providing employees up to $20/month for qualified bicycle commuting, the employer gets a tax deduction and saves over providing same value in gross income.  Employers cannot exclude qualified transportation fringe benefits from an employee’s wages, even if they are provided in place of pay.

For more information about the Bicycle Commuter Tax Benefit, see the League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Commuter Tax Provision FAQ or the University of Florida’s Commuter Tax Benefits Summary Table.