Reduced emissions, physical activity, and the joy of experiencing the outdoors are likely the most well-known benefits of bicycle commuting, but now, some Denver, Colorado, US, residents will get an added bonus when they opt for their bike: cold, hard cash. The city’s new Bicycling Rewards Program – which was created by the Denver Street Partnership and Denver’s Office of Climate Action, Sustainability, and Resiliency – aims to encourage community members to ride a bike instead of driving. The program offers three ways for locals to get paid for their bike-riding: mileage reimbursement, wrap-around support that includes training, coaching and a stipend for bike-related costs, and a hybrid model that includes mileage reimbursement and commuter training programs. Applicants must be 18 years or older and live in the Denver city limits. The program also plans to prioritize people who live in neighborhoods identified as “historically disinvested communities in danger of gentrification.” Denver joins the ranks of other US cities that also offer bicycle commuters free bike repairs and other perks, including Boise, Idaho, Washington, D.C., and Palo Alto, California.

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