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Penn’s New Bike Commuter Expense Reimbursement Program

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January 3, 2017

In January 2017, bike commuters can look forward to the launch of a new initiative: The Bike Commuter Expense Reimbursement Program will provide up to $240 annually to benefits-eligible faculty and staff for appropriate out-of-pocket expenses.

Under Penn’s new program, eligible faculty and staff can be reimbursed for bike purchases, maintenance, improvements, and bike accessories; parking and commercial storage costs; and safety gear. Not included in the program are purchases such as membership fees, bike rentals, and bike clothing and apparel. Learn more on Penn's Business Services website.

To participate in the Bike Commuter Expense Reimbursement Program, you must:

  • Be full-time benefits-eligible faculty or staff;
  • Commute by bicycle to and from Penn more than 50% of the time in a qualified bike commuting month;
  • Not participate in any of Penn’s other commuter transit or parking programs; and
  • Register the bike with the Division of Public Safety.

The program officially kicked off on January 1, 2017, and is active through December 31, 2017. Claims from 2017 may be submitted from January 1 until February 28, 2018.  Claims will be managed through Concur, the University’s expense management system.

Following the program’s official launch on January 1, a series of informative events will be conducted, including one on January 24 from 2pm to 3pm. Advance registration is recommended as space is expected to fill quickly.

During this event, a representative from the Division of Public Safety will be there to help attendees register their bicycles. Please bring your Penn ID along with the make, and model and serial numbers of your bicycle to the session if you would like to take advantage of this service.

Funding for this program is provided by the Division of Business Services as part of the University’s Climate Action Plan. Watch www.upenn.edu/biking for updates and information about this program

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