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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Tax break for Virginia bike commuters?

From the Virginian-Pilot, 01.27.07:

Virginia Beach Delegate Terrie Suit's constituents...urged her to sponsor HB1826. The legislation would create two separate tax credits to entice people to ride--instead of drive--to and from work.

Under the bill, employers who provide showers and bicycle racks would receive a tax credit of as much as $5,000. Employees who ride to and from work at least 10 days a month would earn a tax credit of $15 per month.

"I thought it was a great idea," Suit said. "Anything we could do to strip away at the transportation problem.... It's a good gesture and a good thing to promote."

Local cyclists agree.

"We feel that cycling to work can be a way to put a small dent in our country's dependence on oil," Rick Powell of Norfolk said. "The less we drive, the better. We think it's good for a person's well-being." (Read more.)

Visit: Tidewater Bicycle Association
Visit: Paul Dorn's Bike Commuting Tips Site

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