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Bicycle Commuter Act Passes US House

As commentators note the number of non-related allocations passed as part of the national bank bail-out bill, it’s good to note that someone stuck the bicycle commuter tax provision onto the overall bill.

Since President Bush has signed the big bail-out legislation, that means that bicycle commuters will soon be offered similar benefits to people who take transit or drive to work.

Various public interest groups have been working for nearly seven years promoting this legislation, including the League of American Bicyclists.

Given that in Minneapolis alone, the #2 bike commuting city in the nation, the number of commuters choosing a bicycle shot up 49% in 2007 – before the big gas price hikes – this will have big impact locally.

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Author: julie

Julie Kosbab is an online marketing consultant and active transportation advocate living in Anoka County, Minnesota. She was one of Minnesota's only League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors when certified in 2005. She is a past member of the National Bicycle Tour Directors Association. She has 2 children and 4 bicycles. Find her on Twitter as @betweenstations.

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