Cycle and save Government $21

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stealthbike
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Cycle and save Government $21

Postby stealthbike » Mon Aug 05, 2013 6:11 pm

A recent article in the media claims that cycling to work saves the federal government $21.
The economy benefits by more than $21 every time a person cycles 20 minutes to work and back and $8.50 each time a person walks 20 minutes to and from work, according to a policy statement released by Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Tuesday.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/bike-rid ... z2b50NqOSb

So if governments are serious about making a step change in the number of commuting cyclists, they could incentivise them financially - perhaps a tax refund of $10 every time you cycle to work (verified by your employer)? This would still save the government $10 per trip and with a surge in the number of cyclists , say an increase to 10%, traffic congestion would ease and more cycling infrastructure built instead. This would then encourage even more cyclists. :idea:
Maybe I should be Prime Minister? :mrgreen:
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Re: Cycle and save Government $21

Postby jlh » Mon Aug 05, 2013 6:42 pm

Yes or make cycling equipment tax deductible (i don't know on what basis) or able to be purchased through salary sacrifice :D

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