Bicycle Benefit Program Encourages Riding

Posted: March 9, 2011 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: March 8, 2011 at 9:40 pm

By Robin Herron

Got a bike? Then you’ve got a benefit, in more ways than one.

You already know that biking is good for your health and the environment. But did you know it’s good for your wallet too? Mason’s bicycle benefit program that began in January can save you money on your bike repairs and supplies.

Open to all Mason full-time faculty and staff members, the benefit provides a $20 voucher (tax free) each month that is good at dozens of area bike shops.

And if you bike to work, you can use shower facilities for free at the RAC, Field House or Aquatic and Fitness Center on the Fairfax Campus, as well as at Founders Hall on the Arlington Campus.

For days when you can’t bike to work, you receive two complimentary parking passes per month if you don’t already have a Mason parking permit.

The fine print: You must bike to any Mason campus at least eight times per month, and you must complete a bicycle tracking form each month. Participants in the bicycle benefit program may not concurrently participate in the Commonwealth Commuter Choice Program.

Read about the program and sign up at the Transportation Department website.

Find more resources for biking to Mason at the next Bike to Mason Day on Thursday, March 24. Meet at the clock on the North Plaza between noon and 1:30 p.m. to:

  • Network with other riders
  • Learn more about Mason’s Bicycle Commuter Program
  • Talk to Transportation Department staff about alternate transportation initiatives
  • Enjoy snacks at the Bike to Campus table
  • Learn about the George Mason University Bike Village, Mason’s bicycle collective

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