The Bicycle Commuter Act is a simple, equitable solution to put cyclists on the same footing as people who receive qualified transportation benefits for taking transit or driving (or parking, actually) their cars to and from work.
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Think you live too far from work or the store to ride a bike? Then why not ride your bike to a nearby bus stop and take the bus? The transit companies in our area equip all of their buses with bike racks so you can bring your bicycle along when you ride. Many bus stops also feature bike racks to which you can lock your bicycle for safe keeping until you return.
You don’t need any special training or permits to bring your bike on the bus. You just have to be able to lift your bike on and off the rack, which is mounted on the front of the bus.
For instructions on how to use the bike racks, just follow any of these links to the Bikes on Buses web pages for our local transit systems:
Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA)
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART)
Pasco County Public Transportation (PCPT)
What happens if you commute to work by bicycle or transit and suddenly have to get home for an emergency?
Rest assured – we’ve got you covered.
The Emergency Ride Home (ERH) Program offered through Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) ensures that you’ll never be stranded at work. If you cycle, carpool, vanpool, ride the bus or walk to work at least two (2) days a week, you may be eligible for a FREE* (or low cost) taxi ride home. The ERH Program will pay for your ride home in the following cases:
Personal or family emergency
Carpool/Vanpool partners have an emergency
It’s easy to use! Register for the ERH Program by calling TBARTA at 1-800-998-RIDE (1-800-998-7433) or go to the website. Once registered, you’ll receive an ERH I.D. card. The I.D. card, along with an ERH voucher and a picture I.D., is all you need for your emergency trip home. The voucher lists names and numbers of participating taxi companies. Complete your section of the voucher, have it signed by your supervisor and give it to the driver. That’s all you have to do. And you can use the ERH Program up to eight (8) times a year!**
To register, go to TBARTA and sign up.
* Customers will have the first $100 of their taxi fare paid. Anything in excess of $100 will be billed to the employee.
Best Workplaces for Commuters (BWC) is dramatically improving the way people get to and from work. BWC is an innovative membership program that provides qualified employers with national recognition and an elite designation for offering outstanding commuter benefits, such as free or low cost bus passes and vanpool fares and strong telework programs. Employers that meet the National Standard of Excellence in commuter benefits—a standard created by the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—can get on the list of Best Workplaces for Commuters and receive high level programs and services. BWC assists participating employers by offering public recognition and promotion, technical assistance, training, Web-based tools, and forums for information exchange.
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