Legislation offers cash towards repairs and maintenance

From January cycle commuters in the US will be entitled to a tax free payment of $20 per month to cover bike repair and maintenance.

Under the Bicycle Commuter Act participating employers who pay their staff to ride to work will themselves be entitled to a tax break from the US Government.

The Act, which cycling advocates have been trying to get passed for seven years, was one of the measures tacked on to the US Government's bank rescue package in a bid to get it through Congress. Cycle lobby groups in the US say the Commuter Act finally gives cyclists the same sorts of tax benefits long given to motorists.

Groups such as the League of American Cyclists are now turning their attention to the planning laws. They want the US to follow the lead of countries such as Holland and Denmark where planners and developers are forced to include provision for cyclists in any new builds or transport systems

Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.