Get your Workplace Involved
Bike to Work Week is a great way to encourage co-workers to try cycling to work at least one day during the week of the event. People who bike to work quote benefits of being less stressed, more relaxed and rejuvenated, and experience increased sense of well-being.
Employers benefit from their employees biking to work too! People who bike to work have a lower absenteeism, take less sick days, are more productive, and are happier, healthier employees.
“Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) staff looks forward to the annual Bike to Work Week (BTWW). From the novice cyclist who has never considered cycling to work, to the experienced cyclist who commutes regularly BTWW provides an excellent opportunity to build camaraderie amongst staff from various departments that don’t typically have much interaction on a day to day basis. The competitive aspect of BTWW has enhanced corporate pride and has encouraged high levels of participation. The events during bike to work week are a great way to meet other cycling enthusiasts. Exercise, fresh air, camaraderie and corporate pride…what more could you want from an event? BTWW, fun for all and good for the planet, thanks.”
- Dale Danallanko, Facilities Operations Manager, RDNO, Vernon
How do I get my workplace involved?
- Register (click the orange Registration button up top)
- Sign up as a Team Leader (you can assign this role to someone else in your organization if you want to later)
- Create a Team
- Tell your employer about the event and about the team you created
- Ask your employer to help encourage employees to join the team
- If you work in a large organization, you will want to consider asking people to create departmental teams, multiple smaller teams. This will enable you to have friendly competitions within your organization
- Contact the coordinator in your community and get posters to hang in your workplace
- Talk to your employer about creating safe bike storage
“Squamish Terminals has installed bike racks for our employees that are riding to work year round. We are seeing an increase in the number of employees who are riding and the Bike-to-Work week promotion certainly helps remind employees that cycling is a viable transportation option. Thanks for the work you do in promoting it.”
- Doug Hackett, Squamish Terminals Ltd., Squamish
- Talk to your employer about organizing prizes for workplace competitions
- Hold an information session at lunch to RALLY your team
- Click on the link to read about ways in which you can motivate co-workers to participate
“This year I reached out to more staff and board members to get involved and it was a great success. This is the third Bike to Work Week event I’ve taken part in and it’s a great way to demonstrate to people that “it’s not that far” to walk or bike. By cycling and walking regularly to work, our staff has reduced parking needs by 25% over the last year.”
- George Duffy, Manager of the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce, Vernon