Recognizing a True Biofuel - The Human Bicycle Engine!

by: Heather on 03/27/2008
Posted in: Activism

At the BCTF's AGM last weekend they approved a motion to compensate employees who make the ecologically responsible decision to commute by bicycle. (Thanks to my son's fabulous teacher Joan Merrifield for the heads up on this one!) The plan is similar to the Bicycle Travel Allowance adopted in 2007 by the Anglican Church of Canada.

Under the plan, employees will be reimbursed $.26/km for bicycle travel, which takes into consideration the amortized cost of an urban commuting bicycle, regular maintenance, replacement parts and food as fuel for the bicycle's human engine.

You can download the summary of the Anglican Church's bicycle travel allowance here. I think this is a fantastic initiative and I'm thrilled to see it being adopted more widely. As a bicycle commuter myself, I am a huge advocate of the health and environmental benefits of this mode of transport.

Has your workplace or organization considered adopting this sort of policy? Do you think they should? Tell us about it in the comments below.

For more positive and practical and fun ideas to reduce your dependence on the automobile, check out Cutting Your Car Use by Randall Ghent.

Cutting Your Car Use


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