On page 205 of the PDF file, of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, there is some pork for bicycle commuters!
Looks like Uncle Sam will give $20 a month to anyone who:
“regularly uses the bicycle for a substantial portion of the travel between the employee’s residence and
20 place of employment”
There’s also a somewhat nebulous “bicycle commuting reimbursement”:
for reasonable expenses incurred by the employee during such calendar year for the purchase of a bicycle and bicycle improvements, repair, and storage, if such bicycle is regularly used for travel between the employee’s residence and place of employment.
I hope this means that the Federal Government is going to buy me a new Atlantis to ride to work, but I kind of doubt it.
I think it’s safe to say that the country has now officially lost its mind.
Update: The deal is done. The Bike Commuter Benefits Act is now law.