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J&B Importers pays their employees to bike to work

by Commute by Bike

J&B Importers reimburses their employees $4 for every day they take a sustainable form of transportation to and from work. Here’s the a local news story talking about their program:

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16 Responses to “J&B Importers pays their employees to bike to work”

  1. Jeremy says:

    That was actually a well put together news story. It did a good job of making bike commuting seem normal and accessible to everyone, without making it sound fringe or extreme, like alot of reports do. Seemed like they did a good job of explaining the legal side of things too.

  2. Geoff says:

    When my dad used to bike commute to the Cupertino campus of Apple Computer back in the 90s, they gave him $1 day. Not much financial gain, but still a perk. $4 would definitely add up quicker.

  3. Tim Grahl says:

    I think Gary in the video makes a good point… it’s not just making $4 a day, it’s what you’re saving in gas to. At his 40 mile roundtrip he’s prob saving at least $8/day so he’s actually making $12 every day he commutes by bike. Not to shabby.

  4. thePig says:

    I think this is a great idea. Well done to J&B Importers.
    It would be interesting to compare the cost of incentivising your employees vs all the infrastructure required to support cars (e.g. company car parks).

  5. Derek says:

    I would just like to know where *MY* tax break is. My co-workers who drive to work can pay for their monthly parking pass with pre-tax dollars. My co-workers who take the bus or T can also pay for the pass with pre-tax dollars.

    Me, I buy a commuter bike and not only do I have to use post-tax dollars to pay for it, but I have to pay state sales tax too! I think a good start would be bicycles under $1000 are state sales tax free. Wouldn’t help me now since I’m not buying a bike anytime soon, but then there would at least be SOMETHING for commuters.

  6. DDK says:

    A 40 mile round-trip saves $20-30, not $8, once you factor in wear and tear on all moving parts and mileage depreciation.

    Derek — great point. Buying bikes pretax would be sweet — and actually not that crazy, considering we’re paying for lanes we don’t use in our taxes.

  7. Shanyn says:

    Actually, if you have a flexible spending account (a preset sum you set aside for health care costs, pretax) and your doctor will write you a Letter of Medical Necessity, you can buy a bike using pre-tax dollars. I bought a Breezer Uptown 8 with my flexi money.

  8. Tim Grahl says:

    DDK: Yeah I was being extremely conservative in my numbers.

    Shanyn: Can you send me an email at

  9. johnnypebs says:

    This is pretty cool! I wonder if I can get my firm to do this. I’ll be sending upper management a link to this on Tuesday.

  10. Kim says:

    While it’s great to say that bicycles have to follow the rules of the road, it would be nice to have the other side of it- and motor vehicles need to yield to cyclists as they would any other vehicle. It’s not a one-way street of responsibility.

  11. Steve says:

    Gary Mendenhall, I knew you guys had the Cykels. You’re hiding them, you dirty dawgs!!! JK, way to go, guys.

  12. Peter says:

    sounds like a great program. i’ve been wanting to see us do a bit more organizing on the corporate front – come up with some kind of program to help companies start shifting their employees to bicycle commuting. maybe figure out a way that it saves them money somehow – maybe through health insurance premiums?? or parking? or admin fees? or something….

  13. ROhan Kini says:

    thanks for sharing it guys.
    have cross posted it on our biking blog –

    We are trying to get companies in India to be more biker friendly. On our way :)

    Keep up the good work. We are regular readers of Commutebybike

  14. ROhan Kini says:

    Nice article guys.
    Have cross posted it on our biking blog –

    We are trying to make companies in India more biker friendly. On our way.

  15. welshcyclist says:

    That’s a great incentive to enthuse people to do their bit, but getting companies to do such a thing, here in the UK, would, I believe be a problem, here we tend to think the government should do it all.

  16. Diego says:

    My employer pays $2 per day when one bikes to work. The only ‘catch’ is that those are pre-tax dollars; after tax it is about $1.20 per day. Still good considering the opportunity cost of not spending on gas and the car depreciation.

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