Chicago City Workers Get Discount on Taxpayer-Subsidized Bikes

Chicago City Workers Get Discount on Taxpayer-Subsidized Bikes

Since June, stations full of sky blue bicycles, part of Chicago’s bike sharing program, called “Divvy,” have been popping up across the city, thanks to $22 million in taxpayer subsidies from a federal Transportation Grant (TIGER), and Tax Increment Financing (TIF), to get the program off the ground. The bicycles can be rented for $7 a day or used anytime with a $75 annual pass. City employees however, don’t have pay full price.

CBS 2 reports, city of Chicago staff received an email offering them a discounted annual rate of $55. The email goes on to explain the discount for the city workers is “part of the city’s commitment to promoting health and wellness.”

In what is yet another example of how it pays to be a member of the government class, the discounted rate is not available to the taxpayers who pay the city employees’ salaries.

Earlier this month, Breitbart News reported, the average city salary is $74,698 and more than 2,400 city employees are paid over $100,000 a year.

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