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Would a $20-a-month incentive encourage you to ride your bike to work?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on January 6, 2009

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Photo of Allison Burch

“Yes it would because I should be riding it anyway and it would just be a plus.”

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“No, I live in Perry so, it would not. It’s a 30 minute drive.”

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“It would be a pretty long ride, but I guess I would try it out.”

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“Probably not me because my commute’s a little longer than a bike ride; 35 minutes door to door in a car.”

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standuporget 5 years, 3 months ago

vladpop - Less than 5% body fat???? OK

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JackRipper 5 years, 3 months ago

gsxr600 (Anonymous) says…great. more people on the road to ignore stop signs and right of ways.Ah no, actually you see if more road bikes or walked there would be less of those on the roads.

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gsxr600 5 years, 3 months ago

great. more people on the road to ignore stop signs and right of ways.

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JackRipper 5 years, 3 months ago

persevering_gal, it is you and all the others who claim it is just too dangerous to ride on the streets as justification. While the traffic can be bad there are plenty of streets that you can work around areas which are crazy. If you go up north you'll find people in the freakin winter jogging and biking on the streets unlike Lawrence where everybody claims the exaggerated fear of cars, drive to the gym like the student rec center, and jog while working out. Let's face it, it is more about the JOCO mind frame that says exercise can never be done with utilitarian ends and only as recreation. The gold star for biking to work has to go to the guy who rides the fixie every single work day up Mississippi street to KU. For those who don't know a fixie is a one speed bike. If he can do it just think what all you could do with your multispeed bikes.

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kathyw105 5 years, 3 months ago

OldEnuf2BYurDad wrote:"““No, I live in Perry so, it would not. It’s a 30 minute drive.”— Katherine Williams, Webmaster, Waco, Texas”Does anyone else see the problem here?"allateup wrote: "only white people live in Perry……….doh!"Dear OldEnuf2BYurDad and allateup,It must be difficult to be so ignorant and pitiful. Why do you feel the need to always point out if someone is different. Maybe you should be happy that someone is a strong enough individual to live in a rural community when they may not look like everyone else. This world will never change until people like you just disappear!!! So go gather your confederate flags, rub your beer belly, screw your first-cousin, and get a life. Good bye and good riddance!

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persevering_gal 5 years, 3 months ago

You would have to pay me a lot more than $20 to have me ride my bike to work in Lawrence with the crazy drivers around here! Also give me some hockey pads to wear as I ride my bike and then we'll talk.

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vladpop 5 years, 3 months ago

Lets see..... If you commute by car 30-35 minutes per day its probably about 15 miles one way. That means you would save about $120 per month on gas. Plus wear and tear on your car. Make that another $50 per month less on oil changes and general wear and tear. Total $2,040 per year. If you smoke, it will make you quit smoking so it will save your life. Priceless. If you don't smoke, you will get into such great shape it will lower your healthcare costs. You'll cut down on the Tylenols, Antibiotics, Throat Medicines, doctor visit co-pays, etc. At least another $500 per year. Plus you'll feel like a million bucks, think more clearly and function more productively. With less weight you'll also look better, which always helps, at work or social situations. Oh yes, and you will do your own to help the environment.I commute to work on a bike and ride regularly, which took me from a slow and sloppy 185 lbs to a lean and mean 145 lbs and less than 5% body fat. By the way, given the wind resistance on your bike you actually don't sweat that much. Unless its 100 outside and you're riding in to work in the middle of the day, you will not coming in sweaty. Win win all the way....

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Pywacket 5 years, 3 months ago

I had no car for the first couple of years I lived in Lawrence. I walked and rode my bike to work, school, & everywhere else. I figure I've put in my time of riding in the cold, having to figure out how to juggle groceries, lugging bags of laundry to a laundromat, avoiding idiot drivers, etc. At this point in my life, I drive most places. And twenty bux is chump change. I like to ride a bike where I don't have to compete with cars--wish there were more "rails to trails" paths around here. Riding to work wouldn't be pleasurable--it would be stressful. I'll be green in other ways.

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Godot 5 years, 3 months ago

Depends on whether you work for the government, where time does not matter, cause you know you will be paid no matter how late you are or how smelly you are when you get to work, or whether you work in the private sector where you have to get to work on time, looking good, and smelling sweet.

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JackRipper 5 years, 3 months ago

Shoot FMT6488 when you think how much money we already save and better health on top of it, it almost seems like we should be paying something for it!

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FMT6488 5 years, 3 months ago

HAH! I've been doing this for years - now I can get $20 dollars a month to continue? Sure thing. Now can I get rebates for all the years I've been doing this? At $20/ month, ($240/yr.) for say .... 12 years(it's more, but I'm not greedy)... hmmm. Wow! that comes to $2880, not including the interest.

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allateup 5 years, 3 months ago

only white people live in Perry..........doh!

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Richard Heckler 5 years, 3 months ago

Roller skaters/bladers,walkers and cyclists should be considered for the $20 a month.If more locally employed would consider such it would help a great deal regarding traffic,parking,clean air,health and keeping gas prices down. Prices on the east coast were 30-40 cents higher than in Lawrence last week. Increasing here as well.Bike commuting helpers:http://www.burley.com/products/child/dlite.cfm

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MeAndFannieLou 5 years, 3 months ago

No, because I can't make it up that hill on a bicycle. Would they pay employees to walk to work? I would do that (and often do)....

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GardenMomma 5 years, 3 months ago

The $20 is probably considered employee income and as such would be subject to payroll taxes - federal income, social security, medicare, and state income taxes. So in all actuality, the $20 "incentive" would probably really only net about $15. And then of course, since there would be no gasoline tax to pay for the maintenance on the streets, toll roads would be introduced for the bike riders. Figure at least $1 each way and your net incentive is close to halved. Figure in the cost to purchase a bike lock, headlight (because you wouldn't want to be fined for not having one if you are riding after dark), highlighted clothing, fanny pack, helmet, water bottle, etc. Oh.....shoot.

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kathyw105 5 years, 3 months ago

Interesting thought JackRipper...interesting indeed.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 3 months ago

Hey OldEnuf..That stub quit bleeding yet?

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JackRipper 5 years, 3 months ago

Think it is just to butter people up to think it could happen before it becomes the new reality and they will be doing it whether they want to or not.

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kathyw105 5 years, 3 months ago

My boyfriend had an interesting question: how would they administer/enforce such a program? Couldn't any one off the street say that they'll ride their bike to get the $20/month? Maybe someone can clue me in on something we're missing.

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ArumerZwarteHoop 5 years, 3 months ago

How much will they pay me to ride the river trail?

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kathyw105 5 years, 3 months ago

Hey OldEnuf2BYurDad,Did you ever think that she is "originally" from Waco Texas, as Allison Burch is "originally" from Rochester, Minn.??? Just a thought...

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 5 years, 3 months ago

"“No, I live in Perry so, it would not. It’s a 30 minute drive.”— Katherine Williams, Webmaster, Waco, Texas"Does anyone else see the problem here?

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bndairdundat 5 years, 3 months ago

I now work at home, so yes! (except then I would have to convince me to pay me the $20)

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JackRipper 5 years, 3 months ago

oh no, not naturally occurring body odors and functions! Stay in, watch others play sports, and believe all the commercials that tell you that if you smell a certain way you will be a magnet.It isn't that bad if you have never tried and with a little creativity you can overcome most of those issues if it is a problem.

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tempting_butnothanks 5 years, 3 months ago

psht... $20/ month to show up at work as a sweaty pile and then sit there in my sweat & stench for 8.5 hours. no thanks.

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JackRipper 5 years, 3 months ago

It's interesting that mom of three, the defender of wasteful spending for any athletic endeavor dreamed up and never to be seen purchasing an unofficially college tshirt emphatically says NO to riding a bike to work. Just assuming to be generous that it is because of a long commute or because she would do it without being paid $20. Or could it be like so many of the other "I only do team sports" and my favorite "I never walk or bike for utilitarian purposes" crowd?

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 3 months ago

would that money be paid in Burroughs Dollars?

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sgtwolverine 5 years, 3 months ago

What I meant to include but forgot is that I also have an incentive to drive -- being self-employed, I get a deduction for business mileage, and that deduction is incredibly helpful. So yeah, I'd ride a bike, but not too much.

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notnowdear 5 years, 3 months ago

$200 would do it. $20 will not.

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Chris Ogle 5 years, 3 months ago

We are all very proud of you sgtwolverine. But for me... I want money.

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sgtwolverine 5 years, 3 months ago

If I could ride a bike to work, I'd do it without incentive -- it would save me money, and I don't need an incentive to save money.

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sjschlag 5 years, 3 months ago

I already bike to work.,,the additional $20 would be nice.

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Chris Ogle 5 years, 3 months ago

you get $50 if you pull a wagon behind the unicycle.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 3 months ago

Yes, but if you juggle at the same time, it's goes back up to the original $20.

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classclown 5 years, 3 months ago

If I ride a unicycle will I only get $10.00?

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EasilyAmused 5 years, 3 months ago

I walk to work already, so to take advantage of this program I'd have to buy a bike? Why the preference of biking over walking? Biking is MUCH harder than walking when wearing a skirt.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 3 months ago

blue,I recommend not going over any speed bumps on that bike.I've got a friend who already does that, but I can't imagine KU paying him to do so.

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notajayhawk 5 years, 3 months ago

Let's see - that's less than $1 per work day. Even if you only make minimum wage, you'd have to have less than a five-minute bike ride each way to be worth your time.

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Chris Ogle 5 years, 3 months ago

Would it count if I peddle down to the end of my drive to get the paper? I would look at the "help wanted" section.As they say, Looking for a job is a job !

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Deja Coffin 5 years, 3 months ago

coolmom, you could attach a wagon, now we're talking.

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jonas_opines 5 years, 3 months ago

Nope, my scooter goes faster than a bike, only uses up a gallon of gas a week, and is useable over the same periods of time. You can give me $20 though, if you want to.

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Deja Coffin 5 years, 3 months ago

Thanks Waka1 and Tow Shewmon, that made me smile. The thought of some person walking in to work all pitted out was a gross visual. I'm a stay-at-home mom so n/a for me. If it's the employer paying it don't you think they'll just take that money from somewhere else. Starting wage might be alittle lower or something. Plus how do you monitor that, you gonna have someone come out every day and check out your bike? What if you ride in like 90% of the time, do you still get the 20 bucks? Hmmmm

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Flap Doodle 5 years, 3 months ago

If I peddle my bike more than 70mph on the tollroad, will I have to pay a higher toll?

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coolmom 5 years, 3 months ago

this could be fun but a bike would never fit the kids and stuff that i must drag around on an every day basis. i do ride when the weather is nice usually 15/16 miles each trip on weekends then it takes all week to recover so i can do it again.

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Kat Christian 5 years, 3 months ago

No way. Not even $1,000 would convince me. Where would I put the kid, backpack, purse, coffee? Perhaps if I were younger and didn't have a dependent I would if I had a bike, which I don't. Nope - no way.

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madameX 5 years, 3 months ago

Do you all really think that the point of this is to have all people riding bikes every day, no matter what the weather and no matter how far? No, I think it's much more likely that the point is to encourage folks who have short drives to consider whether or not biking is a viable alternative to driving in their individual cases. Just because it's not viable for you personally doesn't mean it's not viable for someone else. I can't bike to work cause I work 40 miles from home, but my husband already avoids driving to his job downtown because of parking tickets alone. Everyone's situation is different.

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Chris Ogle 5 years, 3 months ago

Dear Ms. Irs:I regret to inform you that an error exists on form 674900"g', (bike incentives) . The correct amount is $20.00 per day, not per month. Thanks, Joe the plumber, Lansing

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SMe 5 years, 3 months ago

Then of course they (governments local, state and federal) would have to tax you for the mileage ridden because the tax dollars paid through gasoline taxes were further reduced. Of course the additional tax would have to be more than $20 a month.

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Marion Lynn 5 years, 3 months ago

You know, based on a life expectancy of 2000 miles for a set of tires, if you ride ten iles a day round-trip, the $20 will not even cover the monthly maintainence costs of your precious bicycle.As an employer, I'll be d*mned if I will pay someone to ride a bicycle to work.This is merely more feel-good placebo from the Looney Left.

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Chris Ogle 5 years, 3 months ago

20 bucks would be perfect. I am temporarily retired, but at 20 bucks per day.... lets see here...yep, by May I will be riding a new bike (with motor).

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Tom Shewmon 5 years, 3 months ago

If it's worth showing up pitted-out and having a sore throat every day at work I guess.

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trinity 5 years, 3 months ago

nice chopper, blue! i think mine'd have to be way more stock, though! :)

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BigPrune 5 years, 3 months ago

Wow! $20 bucks a month if you ride your bicycle to work. No wonder Lawrencians don't get paid enough at their jobs. I wonder what else some of these folks would do for $20 bucks?There is an IRS form bicyclists will have to fill out in order to receive this $20 (tax free mind you) incentive. It takes the average Joe 3 hours in cross referencing the IRS code, but Lawrencians are smart and should be able to fill it out correctly in 4.

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The_Original_Bob 5 years, 3 months ago

Autie/Ronada -The hitch is the employer pays the the $20.

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autie 5 years, 3 months ago

Well sure, Ronda...I'd be up for that one..go out, hop on my bike, ride to the end of the driveway and back..then go back in the house...to work..cha-ching..cha-ching..

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demonfury 5 years, 3 months ago

Who in their right mind would ride their bike in a city not only known for it's utterly brain dead drivers, but actually do so in sub freezing weather for a month, just for a $20.00 bill? Moron - your bus is leaving......

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Ronda Miller 5 years, 3 months ago

I agree with autie and o_bob...no and no...But I also agree with waka1...for 2,000 a month I would do it....and I work out of my house.

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waka1 5 years, 3 months ago

dude it is going to take more then 20 $ to get me to go to work

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blue73harley 5 years, 3 months ago

If I did ride a bike it would have to look something like this...http://blog.makezine.com/169156990_5eeae69659.jpg

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The_Original_Bob 5 years, 3 months ago

Here is the associated article if anyone is wondering where in the hell this question came from.http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2009/jan...

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Marion Lynn 5 years, 3 months ago

Has someone lost their ever-lovin' mind?

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Mary Darst 5 years, 3 months ago

Sure I would. That is if I can still even ride a bike.

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trinity 5 years, 3 months ago

yet another no. 35 miles one way is a bit much to pedal.

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grammaddy 5 years, 3 months ago

I've already asked my kids for a 3 wheeler next year for Christmas. Keeps Grandma in shape and grandma doesn't have room to drag all those pesky little grandkids along.

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blue73harley 5 years, 3 months ago

Are they going to install a bike lane on K10 to Olathe?

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Norma Jeane Baker 5 years, 3 months ago

If I worked in Lawrence I'd already be riding my bike to work. As it is, I have a 40 mile commute each way, and bikes are generally frowned upon on K10 and I-435. If there were decent tech jobs in Lawrence...

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Flap Doodle 5 years, 3 months ago

How many Klondike Bars can you get for $20?

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 5 years, 3 months ago

How do you pick up 3 young devil spawn on a bike?

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