Placer County is offering you cash to ride a bike

Placer County, CA is offering an incentive to folks that make the switch from car travel to bicycle travel.  No joke – the county will give you up to $200 bucks to buy yourself a new ride.
They’re calling it the Bucks for Bikes program:

This program helps commuters to get out of their single occupancy vehicles and use a non-polluting, active, traffic relieving mode of travel—bicycling! 

Interested applicants who live and work or attend school (must be 18 years of age or older) in Placer County may receive 50%, up to $200 towards the cost of a new commuter bike.

According to the Bucks For Bikes details and application (PDF), applications must be entered by March 8 – just a couple of days from now.   You’ll also need a quote for a bike from a shop located within the Placer County limits.  In additions, those that are deemed eligible must commit to attend one free cycling clinic, and actually make their purchase by April 26.  This program has been officially tied in with May is Bike Month,  and the mentioned PDF document explicitly asks for recipients to log all of their commute miles on that web site.

Applications will be accepted via fax: 530.823.4036, on line:, e-mail:, or mailed to:
Solvi Sabol, Placer County Transportation Planning Agency, 299 Nevada Street, Auburn, CA 95603

Thanks to Cyclelicious for bringing this story to my attention.