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Carbon footprints

I do apologize for not blogging much since my return, but I am enjoying the normalcy. Jen and I bought bicycles and challenged ourselves to not use the car for a week. So far, 4 days and counting of a gasoline free existence.

This minor challenge to ourselves spurred a greater interest in bicycle commuting, especially in New Jersey where I live. I found that bicycle commuting is indeed tax deductible.

Here are some interesting statistics I unearthed:

“40% of all automobile trips in the nation are within two miles of home.”
“20% of Americans used a bicycle for transportation in the last 30 days.”
“50% of the working population commutes five miles or less to work.”

Excellent. Now for the tax deduction.

The deduction itself is $.10 per mile travelled. Ten cents on the mile. Not entirely significant, but a nod to the biker. However, the taxpayer “shall maintain suitable records of the dates of commuting and the miles traveled and furnish those records to the taxpayer’s employer…” as well as a copy of these records to the Division of Taxation “in a manner and in such form as the Director of the Division of Taxation may prescribe.” We will wait and see how that turns out.

Time to do so more research and turn this paltry incentive into a reality.

See here for the official document.

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My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

1 Comment

  1. If you remove one of the wheels to your bicycle, it’ll become a unicycle. If you then remove the remaining wheel, you’ll not be able to ride it. Don’t do that.

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