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File #: Res 1865-2013    Version: * Name: Amendment to subdivision (f) of section 132 of the Internal Revenue Code to provide qualified transportation benefits to commuters who use bicycle share programs.
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Transportation
On agenda: 7/24/2013
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the Congress of the United States to pass, and the President of the United States to sign, an amendment to subdivision (f) of section 132 of the Internal Revenue Code to provide qualified transportation benefits to commuters who use bicycle share programs, and allow commuters to combine the bicycle benefits with other qualified benefits.
Sponsors: Daniel R. Garodnick, Gale A. Brewer, Margaret S. Chin, Lewis A. Fidler, Letitia James, Peter A. Koo, Brad S. Lander, Rosie Mendez, Annabel Palma, Donovan J. Richards, Ydanis A. Rodriguez
Council Member Sponsors: 11
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
12/31/2013*Daniel R. Garodnick City Council Filed (End of Session)  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/24/2013*Daniel R. Garodnick City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/24/2013*Daniel R. Garodnick City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 1865
 
 
Resolution calling upon the Congress of the United States to pass, and the President of the United States to sign, an amendment to subdivision (f) of section 132 of the Internal Revenue Code to provide qualified transportation benefits to commuters who use bicycle share programs, and allow commuters to combine the bicycle benefits with other qualified benefits.
 
 
By Council Members Garodnick, Brewer, Chin, Fidler, James, Koo, Lander, Mendez, Palma, Richards and Rodriguez
      Whereas, The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), under section 132 of the Internal Revenue Code, allows for qualified transportation tax benefits to eligible employees; and
      Whereas, A qualified bicycle commuting reimbursement has existed under this section since 2008; and
      Whereas, This section does not include qualified transportation benefits for commuters who use bicycle share programs; and
      Whereas, The reasonable expenses covered by this fringe benefit program only pertain to personally owned bicycles; and
      Whereas, New York City recently implemented a bicycle share program, with 6,000 bicycles at 300 locations; and
Whereas, The creation and use of bicycle sharing programs are increasing in a number of cities in the United States; and
Whereas, The bicycle sharing program was designed to allow commuters to use bicycles in conjunction with other forms of mass transit; and
Whereas, Commuters who use bicycle sharing programs should not be foreclosed from receiving reimbursement for other qualified transportation benefits listed in section 132 of the Internal Revenue Code; and
Whereas, Commuters often use shared bicycles for a substantial portion of their trip from their home to their place of employment; and
Whereas, Commuters should be able to obtain fringe benefits for all parts of their commute; and
Whereas, According to the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) and NBC News, since a bicycle share program was launched in New York City on May 27, 2013, the program has averaged 14,200 trips per day; and
Whereas, The City has added over 270 miles of bicycle lanes since 2006 and the risk of injury to New York City cyclists has decreased by 75% since 2000, according to information provided by the DOT and NBC News; and
Whereas, Amending the Internal Revenue Code to add bicycle share program costs as qualified transportation benefits would provide an incentive for commuters to continue to use bicycle share programs; and
Whereas, Incentives to encourage the use of bicycle share programs will have a positive impact on the environment and may have a positive fiscal impact on New York City; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the Congress of the United States to pass, and the President of the United States to sign, an amendment to subdivision (f) of section 132 of the Internal Revenue Code to provide qualified transportation benefits to commuters who use bicycle share programs, and allow commuters to combine the bicycle benefits with other qualified benefits.
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