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Shifting Gears

Posted By Alejandra Owens On June 5, 2008 @ 1:24 pm In Notebook | No Comments

We all know that gas prices are going up, up, up, and that as a result more people are riding mass transit [1]. But what about commuting to work on your bike? According to this blog post from Freakonomics [2], Dutch workers can use up to $750 of pre-tax income triennially to purchase bikes. In offering this subsidy, the Dutch government aims to incentivize short-distance commuters and decrease air pollution. Added bonus: a more active and healthy population. Makes sense to me.
Do you ride your bike to work? If not, would you if (OK, when) gas prices rise even higher?


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[1] more people are riding mass transit: http://blog.aarp.org/shaarpsession/2008/06/in_the_morning_news_162.html

[2] blog post from Freakonomics: http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/06/04/worthy-of-a-bike-statue/

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