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Light your Burning Man bike & your life–money back guaranteed?

July 21, 2009

bike glow2 048 from to this article in The Arizona Republic last October 2008,

Tucked inside a controversial $700 billion federal bailout bill is a tiny fringe benefit for bike commuters that has been pushed by the cycling community for the past seven years.

The $240 annual benefit per person, or $20 per month, will reimburse bike commuters for things like bikes, tires, lights, locks, helmets, padded shorts and CamelBak hydration backpacks.

That would mean to me that you could spend your money on a way cool flashing monkey lectric light OR one of these “Bike Glow” lights pictured above.

The article also states that “commuters who use mass transit such as light rail and city bus systems can receive up to $115 per month to offset their transit passes, plus an additional $220 per month to reimburse them for parking fees. The bike incentive is part of the renewable-energy-alternatives portion of the 451-page “Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.”

Under the new program, commuters who ride bicycles to work will get their own, albeit smaller, fringe benefits. And like the program for mass-transit users, the new benefit is expected to come from employers to employees who submit receipts. Employers, in turn, get tax benefits for reimbursing their employees.

How exactly do you get your money? Submit receipts to your employer?? That I haven’t figured out yet. Be easier if you can write it off on your 2009 tax return. If you know how this is working out, please pass it on!

In the meantime, you may still have time to order your monkey lectric light more here ( and/or Bike Glow lights in time for the First Friday ArtRide August 8 (the Animal Fair Ride) and for this year’s Burning Man Festival in Nevada or Labor Day Weekend! And it sure looks to me like you’ll get that money back! Yay!

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