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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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Bikes, bay views, history rule on Angel Island

Bikes, bay views, history rule on Angel Island
Andrew Casteel —

Now is a good time to get on a bike. A few strokes of the pedals and turns of the wheels, and the memories come back. Suddenly, you're 10 years old again. The best place to experience this phenomenon in the Bay Area is Angel Island, where you get a mix of adventure, spectacular views, history and a 5.5-mile ride with plenty of stopping points.

Contacts

 

San Francisco Press Conference / Photo: SF Streetsblog

Press Contacts

Regional

Alameda County

Contra Costa County

Marin County

Napa/Solano Counties

San Francisco County

San Mateo County

Santa Clara County

Sonoma County

 

 

Regional

Mai Le

Event Director
Bay Area Bicycle Coalition
415.787.2893 (415.787.BTWD)
info(at)bayareabikes(dot)org

 


Alameda County

Renee Rivera
Executive Director
Bike East Bay
510.845.7433
415.252.5617
renee(at)ebbc(dot)org


Contra Costa County

Leona Gee
Project Coordinator
511 Contra Costa
925.969.0841 ext. 205
lgee(at)511contracosta(dot)org


Marin County

Peggy Clark
County Media Spokesperson
Marin County Bicycle Coalition
415.456.3469 x8
415.456.9344 fax
peggy(at)marinbike(dot)org

Napa/Solano Counties

Judy Leaks     
Director of Transit & Rideshare Services
Solano Napa Commuter Information
707.427.5104
707.424.6074 fax
jleaks(at)sta-snci(dot)com

San Francisco County

Kristin Smith
Communications Director
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
415.431.2453 x308
415.431.2468 fax
kristin(at)sfbike(dot)org

San Mateo County

Karen Sumner
Transportation Programs Manager
Commute.org
650.588.8170
karen(at)commute(dot)org

Santa Clara County

Corinne Winter
Executive Director
Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition
408.806.8582
408.280.0418 fax
corinne(at)bikesiliconvalley(dot)org

Sonoma County

Aileen Carroll
Outreach Director 
Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition
707.567.6273
707.573.0147 fax
aileen(at)bikesonoma(dot)org

Contact Your County Coordinator

If you're interested in volunteering for Bike to Work Day or hosting an Energizer Station, please contact your county coordinator:

 

Alameda County

Cynthia Armour
cynthia(at)bikeeastbay(dot)org
(510) 845-7433
bikeeastbay.org

 

Contra Costa County

Darlene Amaral
damaral(at)anramon(dot)ca(dot)gov
(925) 973-2655
www.511contracosta.org

 

Marin County

Peggy Clark
peggy(at)marinbike(dot)org
(415) 456-3469 ×8#
www.marinbike.org

 

Napa County

Mike Costanzo
mike@napabike.org
(707) 812-1770
www.napabike.org

 

San Francisco County

Bonnie Walton
bonnie(at)sfbike(dot)org
(415) 431-2453 x318
www.sfbike.org

 

San Mateo County

Karen Sumner
karen(at)commute(dot)org
(650) 588-8170 ext 104
www.commute.org

 

Santa Clara County

Marissa Aviña
marissa(at)bikesiliconvalley(dot)org
(408) 287-7259 x222
bikesiliconvalley.org

 

Solano County

Paulette Cooper
pcooper(at)sta-snci(dot)com
(800) 535-6883
Solano Napa Commuter Information

 

Sonoma County

Aileen Carroll
Aileen(at)bikesonoma(dot)org
(707) 545-0153
www.BikeSonoma.org

Employer FAQ

Encouraging your employees to commute by bicycle can help save your company money, while making your employees healthier and more productive. Check back here for new tools to help your employees switch to bicycle commuting.

Why should I encourage my employees to bike to work?
How does encouraging employees to bike to work save our company money?
What does it cost to provide free parking to employees?
What savings in health care cost can companies achieve by encouraging bicycle commuting?

Why should I encourage my employees to bike to work?

Healthy workers are almost three times more effective at work than unhealthy workers.

How does encouraging employees to bike to work save our company money?

Businesses lose money whenever critical staff miss work due to health problems. Bicycling provides the doctor recommended 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day, which keeps employees healthier, health insurance costs down and prevents unproductive sick days. As businesses grow, they often run out of parking spaces before they run out of office space, requiring expensive leases of additional parking space or expensive construction costs for multilevel parking structures

What does it cost to provide free parking to employees?

Donald Shoup estimated that companies pay about $750 per employee per year to provide free parking so it pays to promote biking to work. Read The High Cost of Free Parking (PDF Format) by Donald C. Shoup at the University of California Transportation Center for more information.

What savings in health care cost can companies achieve by encouraging bicycle commuting?

"People who exercise regularly have 14 percent lower claims against their medical insurance, 30 percent fewer days in the hospital, and have 41 percent fewer claims greater than $5,000." (Feasibility Study: Corporate Wellness Program, City of San Jose Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Services, 1988).