The Program is a taxable benefit administered by the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR). This benefit is voluntarily provided by the State of California and encourages active state employees (employees) to consider bicycle commuting as a means of active transportation to and from their residences and places of employment. The Program supports the California Department of Transportation's "Toward an Active California State Bicycle and Pedestrian" plan to triple bicycling in the state between 2010 and 2020. CalHR administers this Program to:
Any active state employee who meets the following eligibility criteria can participate:
Employees may change their participation in the Program on a monthly basis.
No. You are not charged an administrative fee.
Yes. The bicycle commuter benefit may be claimed by employees who combine using transit passes for a portion of their commutes with bicycling for a portion of their commutes.
You must use a bicycle for a substantial portion (at least 50 percent of the days you are scheduled to work in a calendar month) of your commute.
If you are a full-time employee scheduled to work every work day in a calendar month, you must commute via bicycle at least 11 days in that calendar month (21 day working month and 22 day working month).Scheduled leave days (such as vacation, annual leave, or sick leave) count as days you are scheduled to work.
Sample Scenario - Eligible Full-time Employee
Sample Scenario - Ineligible Full-time Employee
If you are a less than full-time employee, you must commute via bicycle at least 50% of the days you are scheduled to work in a calendar month.
No, you must commute via bicycle at least 50% of the days you are scheduled to work in a calendar month.
Typically, state holidays do not count as days employees are scheduled to work. However, if your worksite is not closed during a state holiday and you are scheduled to work at your worksite on that state holiday, then that state holiday would count as a day you are scheduled to work.
Yes, scheduled leave days count as days employees are scheduled to work.
Yes, sick days count as days employees are scheduled to work.
Document your bicycle commute on the self-certification claim form (CalHR 873 - Bicycle Commuter Program Quarterly Self-Certification). Your signature on this form certifies that you meet the abovementioned eligibility criteria.
Yes. The $20 you are eligible to claim for each calendar month you participate in the Program is taxable.
If you are eligible to participate in the Program, you can receive $20 per calendar month, not to exceed $240 per calendar year. Please note this is a taxable benefit.
Follow the established process for your department. Either submit your claim through CalATERS Global or submit a STD 262A -Travel Expense Claim Form (TEC). Your signature on CalHR 873 - Bicycle Commuter Program Quarterly Self-Certification certifies that you meet the above mentioned eligibility criteria.
The self-certification claim form (CalHR 873 - Bicycle Commuter Program Quarterly Self-Certification) should be entered as a "receipt" in CalATERS.
Submit the following documents, in accordance with your department's internal process, to your supervisor for review and/or approval:
CalATERS Global transmittal form or STD 262A -Travel Expense Claim
If your supervisor approves your claim, submit it to the Departmental Bicycle Commuter Program Coordinator (Departmental Program Coordinator) in your Accounting Office, or in accordance with your department's internal process. Your Departmental Program Coordinator will:
If your Departmental Program Coordinator approves your claim, he/she shall follow your department's internal process to issue your payment.
Making a false claim to the State of California by knowingly presenting or knowingly causing to be presented an untrue statement to obtain payment or funds from the State of California is grounds for removal from participation in the program and could result in legal action, including, but not limited to, adverse action. If you make a false claim, you shall reimburse the state for funds you receive for your participation in this Program.
Yes. Employees are required to submit claims by the end of the next quarter as follows:
Payments Issued by SCO
For departments that process TECs via CalATERS Global, payment is issued in the same manner as your payroll (direct deposit or warrant). Once the form is approved by the department, CalATERS Global takes five business days to issue payment.
Payments Issued by Departments
Departments may have internal processes which include issuing claim checks directly to you.
Contact your Accounting Office or your Departmental Program Coordinator.
Contact your Accounting Office or your Departmental Program Coordinator. They will contact SCO CalATERS for further information.
Yes. You may dispute a denied claim to your department head or designee. Your department head or designee is the final approval authority for bicycle commuter benefits claims.
No. While departments are not required to provide secure storage for employee bicycles, CalHR encourages all participating departments to evaluate their facilities and budgets to see what, if any, options they may be able to provide for related amenities, including, but not limited to, secure bicycle storage. CalHR strongly encourages departments to provide all reasonably available amenities.
The state is not responsible or liable for the security of personal property.
The bicycle commuter program is for employees who commute to work. Typically, employees who live on-site are not commuting to work.