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NEWS: Should Torontonians be Paid to Bike to Work?

I highlighted this story a few days ago, and it’s good to see Torontoist picking up on it.

France is getting serious about bicycle commuting. Last week, the French government kicked off a six-month pilot project that involves paying people 25 Euro cents per kilometre to bike to work. Twenty French employers, with a collective 10,000 employees, have volunteered to participate.  At the end of 2014, the government will evaluate how many people took up bike commuting, what type of transportation these converts gave up in favour of cycling, and what kinds of accommodations employers made for bike commuters. If all has gone well, the scheme may be renewed and expanded for 2015.

More: Public Works: Getting Paid to Bike to Work | cityscape | Torontoist.

  • Rico_Featherbutt

    No

  • EJ Jacobs

    No? It’s wonderful idea using tax dollars in a responsible way by
    setting a limit like $10 per day per cyclist.

  • Rico_Featherbutt

    Just what we need, another route for tax dollars. Because we aren’t taxed enough, right? Paying people to go to work? How about “If you bike to work you keep your job”?

  • EJ Jacobs

    Typing on an Tues. article at 1pm screams “I am unemployed”.
    Who wouldn’t encourage taxes to support a healthy work commute vs you?

  • Rico_Featherbutt

    What’s the colour of the sky in your world? I own my company. Taxes are for running government. It’s not a social allowance. Try earning some tax and you might understand. Oh right, you and the “commune”. Stupid idea.

  • EJ Jacobs

    “I own my company” “consultant”
    a lot of words available to describe unemployment. You have to make $$$ to pay income
    taxes and a commute outside the walls of your home would help you appreciate cycling
    and the good it can do for a city.

  • Rico_Featherbutt

    Fool, I’ve hired more people than you’ve blown. And here’s a suggestion: why don’t you get a job instead of “legislating” other people change into your pocket? Can’t afford the Pabst Blue Ribbon? I ride my bike in more countries than you can spell. Only a country as backwards as France would do such a stupid thing, and then be utterly surprised that their tax revenue takes a huge hit.

    I think your day pass has expired, socialist. Now go away.

  • EJ Jacobs

    Hiring therapists doesn’t count and
    your still taking tax dollars for that. Riding a bike to work is respectable, flying
    somewhere with your bike and spandex outfit is sad.

  • Rico_Featherbutt

    Go away, emo. I think there’s some loose change in Dundas Square. Jackpot!

  • Greater TORO

    Rico if you are going to use the public internet then you need to grow up. I have read the thread with EJ. He is totally professional and respectful. I am guessing you are a young, unemployed drunk. Am I close?

  • Agreed!

  • Rico, keep things civil or I’ll take measures to keep you from commenting. There is no place here for comments like this.

  • Sorry for Rico’s comments. I was away from computers and couldn’t reply right away.

  • Rico_Featherbutt

    Read it again. You obviously missed most of it. And I am not young, and I am not unemployed, and I am not a drunk. Are you? I know that you are a poor reader.

  • Rico_Featherbutt

    OK, I think you too should read the thread. Start at the beginning. Civility ends with your friend E.J. yet I see no warning for the person you agree with. Ironic. But I love the double standard. You post an article that asks a question, I answer, get pounced on and called names, then you label me for replying in suit. Well done.

  • I read the thread.

  • Rico_Featherbutt

    Then read it again, because you missed it.

  • nope.

  • EJ Jacobs

    Rico, old
    people like you who hate cycling in the city should still respect those who do
    and not drive us off the road causing injury and fatalities. Cycling
    shouldn’t be just for your country side tours on that 365 day vacation you call
    a company.

  • Greater TORO

    Rico, get with the program. Get your head of the sand. I have loved biking since my surgery. Being a woman is so wonderful. I know you are old. Given your texts I am guessing you don’t move much and have extra weight. Get out there. We will all support you waking up, getting out in the real world and getting a life. You can do it Rico!

  • Greater TORO

    Rico, reading this I notice you need a job. Working will really make you a much happier person. The Subway sandwich beside my condo at Church and Isabelle is hiring! You can do it. Just don’t let them know you are an angry internet crazy person.

  • okay… Rico has been blacklisted for his comments. Let’s try to keep things civil, shall we? If it’s that hard to do, then BikingToronto isn’t the site for you.

  • Curtis Townson

    Yes!

  • I agree. :)