This summer, Mayor Gray signed into law the "Sustainable DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2014." As the name implies this is a sprawling bill that will attempt to make a cleaner, healthier more livable city by changing several areas of DC law. Most of the press about the law focused on the "Anacostia Pollution Prevention" Act which banned polystyrene containers for food services, but of importance to cyclists is the “Transit Benefits Requirement” Act.
That part of the law requires employers with 20 or more employees to start offering their employees either (1) a pre-tax benefit that provides commuter highway vehicle, transit, or bicycling benefits under the federal bicycle commuter benefit law; (2) an employer-paid benefit program whereby the employer supplies, at the election of the employee, a transit pass for each employee or an equal reimbursement of vanpool or bicycling costs; (3) free employer-provide vanpool or bus transportation.
While that doesn't mean that any employer will be required to supply bicycle commuter benefits, it's almost guaranteed that some will choose to. For employers who were inclined to do so already, this may be the nudge they need; and for others the bicycle commuter benefit ($20 a monty) may be a very low cost way to meet the requirements or to compete for employees.
The law goes into effect Jan 1, 2016, so if you work for an employer who this law impacts, now is the time to talk to them about how they plan to comply.
What would be really nice would be for DC to eat its own cooking and start offering District employees the bicycle commuter benefit.