Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on September 6th, 2007 at 8:05 am
With the Bike Commute Challenge in high gear this month, many local companies are going the extra mile to get their employees to go by bike.
From free maintenance clinics to group rides, here’s a rundown of what three different companies are doing to rise to the occassion of the Bike Commute Challenge.
The Portland Development Commission
Project Coordinator Joanne Daunt says, “Here at the PDC, we are trying to encourage tons of people to participate in the Bike Commute Challenge.”
To make that a reality, here’s what Daunt says they’ve got planned:
- Weekly coffee chats with local bike experts and organizations that do cool things with bikes.
- Two information sessions from the BTA (on commuting tips and maintenance).
- A pancake breakfast this Friday for all BCC participants nd any staff who support the cause.
- A closing event that will include a PDC talent show and a cycling-oriented gift/prize exchange. (Prizes will go to people who bike the longest distance, the most days, first timers, etc…)
The PDC has clearly gone bike-crazy. Staffer Matthew Collier tells me they recently won a “Flexbike” as part of the Westside Transportation Alliance’s Carefree Commuter Challenge Bikeshare Giveaway competition.
Collier says they’ve already set up an online reservation system for the bike and hope to have an entire fleet someday, “We envision it as a local alternative transportation option that will allow PDC staff to attend meetings and events throughout the central city and neighborhoods. Basically it works like a Flexcar, minus the pollution and cost.”
Portland NBC affiliate KGW is also getting into the spirit. According to Online Editor Frank Mungeam, they’re “putting the pedal to the metal, two-wheeled style.” They’ve blogged about it and they’re encouraging KGW bike commuters to post their experiences.
Mungeam says there are five employees committed so far and that he’s still working hard to recruit more. They’ve also got a friendly competition going with KINK Radio to see who can take more trips by bike.
Con-way employee Kevin Wagoner wrote in to invite me on their Group Commute ride this Friday morning. Here’s what else they’ve got planned:
to spread the word.
- Group Commute rides from all four quadrants of the city that will meet at their covered, secure “bike cage” parking structure at 8am for coffee and snacks.
- A BTA bike commuting workshop.
- A series of free bike maintenance clinics.
- An after party at Lucky Lab NW to enjoy the spoils of their efforts.
It’s great to see these companies working so hard to get their employees to commute by bike.
What is your company doing?