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    Employer Incentives

    A new program is starting that will give bus riders at my workplace 1/2 price fare, which can be up to $75/month savings (1/2 monthly pass price) for the Burlington bus.

    Cyclists and peds are not left totally out in the cold, we'll get as yet unnamed "Perks for biking/walking. Walk and/or bike eight round trips a month and receive great giveaways to area businesses. Everyone who walks or bikes to work will receive special monthly giveaways from our sponsor businesses."

    I'm pretty sure the monthly giveaways will not add up to $75/per person/month, and may or may not be from businesses of interest.

    Yes, call me bitter, now that I am not taking the bus anymore. Send some cold hard cash my way! My old bus was cheap though, at 80 cents/ride, so at the most the 1/2 price subsidy would be about $16/month for that route.

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    At work transit users get up to $125/month for transit. Within SF, a monthly pass costs $64 but for those that live outside SF, the cost is significantly higher and that $125/month might not cover all of it. It's peanuts compared to the $300/month that employees get in parking subsidies if they drive. The $20/month bicycle commuting allowance costs too much though apparently (I've been told this.)

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    ^^Wow, that's crazy - they could actually save a lot of money by paying cyclists!

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    When I worked for Earthlink pre-y2k they have an incentive of

    Transit - pay for bus pass
    Walkers - pay for shoes
    Cyclists - pay for safety equipment
    Car pool - gas cards
    Car pool with a lot of people, provided a van and gas card.

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    Only a small percentage of employees ride. I think around 0.5% only. Out of the 40 or so people in my department, I'm the only one that rides in to work.

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    Hard to get an employer to give in to the major minority.

    I am the only cyclist in my entire building and could not get them to pony up for a $70 single bike hanging bike rack. "Can we revisit this in a year" they said.

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    The county I live in(Hudson, NJ); used to pay
    for bike tune-ups if you bike commute to work
    at least twice a week. That program has been
    discontinued due to cuts.

    My employer subsidizes driving by only charging
    $50 per month in our underground heated garage.
    Going rates at nearby commercial garages - $200
    to $300 per month; Manhattan, New York City.
    Meanwhile, the bike racks are on the ground floor
    by the sidewalk entrance. Exposed to the rain and
    sun and cold. Oh well, I still prefer my fun bike ride
    to work than the bus or car.

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    Employers get tax break, incentives, reduced fares, etc if the have a certain number of employeees participating in a Trip Reduction program.
    That is why they offer 1/2 price fares, etc.
    My employer offers $35 a month and movie passes if you ride, walk or carpool 3 times a week. They also give you premium parking on our lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1nterceptor View Post
    The county I live in(Hudson, NJ); used to pay
    for bike tune-ups if you bike commute to work
    at least twice a week. That program has been
    discontinued due to cuts.

    My employer subsidizes driving by only charging
    $50 per month in our underground heated garage.
    Going rates at nearby commercial garages - $200
    to $300 per month; Manhattan, New York City.
    Meanwhile, the bike racks are on the ground floor
    by the sidewalk entrance. Exposed to the rain and
    sun and cold. Oh well, I still prefer my fun bike ride
    to work than the bus or car.
    I can top that. My employer charges $100/year to park at work. Market rate in the area is $300/month.

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    I work in the suburbs so free parking for cars is the norm but we do get $30 a month if we use mass transit. While cyclists do'tn get cash we do get covered bike racks, and showers with lockers in most sites plus the lobby desks have tools, pumps, and loaner bike locks.
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    We're kind of hilarious. We have some sites in small towns that don't have transit and where cycling or walking would be impractical. Because of that, we can't offer incentives because not everyone would be able to claim them, so it wouldn't be fair. But I do get free underground parking, and my building has showers.

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    I get people stopping by my office to tell me how deranged I am for riding in *this* weather. And I can pull my bike into the storage/engineering test area, and change in my office. That's about it.

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