Start a Bicycle Commuting Program

Have bike, will commute.
Mai Le —

So your company has decided to implement and promote bicycle commuting as part of its transportation policy. How do you get started?

First go to youcanbikethere.com or sfbike.org to download or request an employer toolkit.

Consider asking an employee that is already bicycle commuting to be your company’s Bicycle Coordinator. This point person can be tasked with answering questions about your company’s bicycle commuting policy and benefits, as well as updating an intra-company bicycle commuting-related list.

Next assess your company's capacity to provide secure bike parking. This can be as easy as adding bike racks to your parking garage, bike lockers, a dedicated bike room, or access to a nearby location where
bikes can be kept securely. An outdoor bike rack will also let visitors and passersby know that your company supports bicycle commuting.

Provide a shower room or establish a relationship with a nearby health club for bicycle commuters. If shower facilities are absent, a well-stocked restroom will be sufficient. Most bicycle commutes are
less than five miles in each direction and take place in the morning hours, when the air is cooler, so a face wash and change of clothes are often all that is needed.

Make closets, lockers, and/or hooks available for employees. These things make it easier to store and change clothes once employees arrive at work. Professional attire may also require shoes unsuitable
for a bike commute, so the ability to leave and hang up work appropriate attire will broadcast support of bicycle commuting.

Provide a bicycle commuting welcome kit for every new employee that makes a commitment to bicycle commuting at least twice a week. Include in the welcome kit:
• Local bike map
• Patch kit to repair tires or bike lights
• Information about the $20 monthly bicycle commuter benefit and how they can enroll
• Automatic sign-up to intra-company bicycle listerv managed by Bicycle Coordinator
• Information about resources for classes on urban skills, bike safety, or
bike maintenance

Other benefits to consider in your support of bicycle commuting:
• Provide a monthly onsite class for urban skills, bike safety, or bike maintenance
• Emergency taxi/ transportation reimbursement for bike and public transit commuters that live 5+ miles away
• Monthly bicycle commuters breakfast
• Bicycling mentorship programs (pairing new commuters with fellow bike commuting employees) to get more employees on bikes
• Bicycle loaner program• Bicycle purchase subsidy or incentive program
• Consider supporting Bike to Work Day to show the community-at-large your company's support of bicycle commuting

Referenced resources:
511.org
bicycle organizations
sfbike.org
ebbc.org
bikesiliconvalley.org

See you in the bike lane.

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Nominate a Bike Commuter of the Year

Mai Le —

Bike to Work Day Celebrates Bicycle Commuter Role Models!

Nominations are now open! Do you know someone in your community who is committed to making every day a "Bike to Work Day"? Does this person epitomize and actualize the health, environmental, social and economic benefits of bicycling? Please share his or her story with us!

The winners of the Bike Commuter of the Year (BCOY) award are recognized for their dedication to riding their bike for everyday transportation. They are testament to the many benefits of bicycle commuting: from improving their health to bringing families together. Nominations were accepted, evaluated and
awarded by each county’s Bike to Work Day representative.

Rules for Submitting

All entries must include the nominee's Name, Email, County, and a brief write-up (200 words or less) on why they deserve the Bike Commuter of the Year Award. All nomination entries must be submitted by April 23.

Past Winners include a fifth grader and a person that has a personal commitment to 'de-carbonize' the economy. Make sure that the dedicated bike commuter in your life gets the recognition they deserve.

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Sponsor Bike to Work Day 2012

Mai Le — Are you interested in green transportation? Do you frequently bike to work and wonder how you can get your employer involved? Have them contact me (maile {at} this url) and we can discuss ways they can show prospective and current employees that they support healthy living and green transportation. March 1st, 2012 is the deadline to get on posters.

Bike to Work Day Raffle Winners

Photo by aarumuga@gmail.com
Ami Sampat —

Without further ado, the winners of the Bike to Work Day raffle are:

Scott Johnson from San Jose (Santa Clara County) has won the PUBLIC Commuter Bike.

Kelsey Jorgensen from San Francisco (San Francisco County) has won a bike tour courtesy of Grimes Getaways.

A very big congratulations to them!

Team Bike Challenge Winners Announced

Here is the complete list of winners for 2011's Team Bike Challenge. Congratulations to all! 

Top Overall Team

Sangamo Cyclers
508 points / 2,901.2 miles
Sangamo BioSciences
Alameda County
 

Alameda County

Sangamo Cyclers
508 points / 2,901.2 miles
Sangamo BioSciences
Alameda County
 

Contra Costa County

Hydrologic Cyclers
276 points / 2,083.4 miles
East Bay Municipal District
 

Marin County

Carbon Cyclers
344 points/ 2, 223.2 miles
Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies
 

Napa County

Chevrolegs
330 points / 2, 239.2 miles
Avia Hotel
 

San Francisco County

SF2G
397 points / 4, 690.1 miles
 

San Mateo County

Blekko
317 points / 2, 293.4 miles
Blekko
 

Santa Clara County

Team Endurance
500 points / 2, 876.4 miles
Tesla Motors Inc
 

Solano County

Vaca 5
266 points / 1,211.2 miles
City of Vacaville
 

Sonoma County

Water Agency Wheelers
373 points / 2, 506.7 miles
Sonoma County Water Agency