November 24, 2015 – Today, the Salt Lake County Council rejected a Bicycle Commuter Benefit for Salt Lake County employees who commute by bike to work. The council removed the item from the 2016 budget by a vote of 5-4 on party lines, with all five Republicans, Michael Jensen, Aimee Winder Newton, Steven DeBry, Max Burdick, and Richard Snelgrove, voting against it and all 4 Democrats voting for it. The benefit would have provided up to $300/year.
This is the second time this year that the benefit has been proposed to the Council, and the second time this year that it has failed by the same vote.
For more on the policy, see: http://www.cyclingutah.com/cms/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Bicycle-Commuter-Benefit-Recommendation-2015.pdf and http://www.cyclingutah.com/advocacy/editorial-salt-lake-county-should-add-bicycle-commuter-benefit/