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Tips to Make Your Office More Bike-friendly

Bike Clinics. After a number of people mentioned to me in passing that they would love to bike to work but their bike had some mechanical problem that they never seemed to find the time to fix, we organized several free bike repair clinics. A few other volunteers and I set up a 2-hour window during which anyone could bring their bike by to get some free repairs and tips on bike maintenance. This has really helped to get some people “unstuck.” Running the program twice a year seems to be enough to keep people rolling.

Prizes and Giveaways. Finally, if there’s one thing that can consistently be counted on to motivate people to change their behavior, it’s free stuff! From giving out free lights and ankle straps to organizing free brown-bag lunch sessions on safe bike commuting or how to stay warm and dry in bad weather, to free bike maps, or even baking cookies for new bikers, we find that an offer of something free often gets new people to try out biking to work. Planning an event during National Bike to Work Week (May 14-18) gives you a good excuse to host an event, plus increases the chance you can get free stuff to distribute from your local government.

While there are many other things you can do at work (getting your company to offer the Bicycle Commuter Benefit, organizing a Green Commuter Challenge, and much more) any of the above can help encourage more bikers at your workplace. If your company is reluctant to put a bit of money behind your proposals, try reminding them that more and more companies are encouraging their staff to walk and bike simply to lower health care costs (even if they’re not interested in the environmental benefits).

If you’re interested in this topic, the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly Business Program is not only a cool way to get green bragging rights for your workplace, it also has lots of tips on how you can make it even better. Going through the application process and reading about all the possibilities inspired me to pursue a number of improvements to my own workplace, which has already led to more bike commuters!

Please share some of your own tips for promoting bike commuting or even greening your office in general in the comments section.

Related:
Make Your Home Bike-Friendly
6 Excuses for Not Becoming a Bike Commuter (& How to Get Over Them)
6 Tips to Go Car-Free

Jon Fisher is a data management specialist for The Nature Conservancy, the world’s leading conservation organization. He has studied forestry, environmental biology, stream ecology, environmental engineering and how technology and spatial analysis can improve wildlife management at airports. He also loves to cook delicious vegan food.

Opinions expressed here are the personal opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Nature Conservancy.

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4:27PM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

Thanks

12:56AM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

I do cycle ,It's nice and free...

7:25PM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

Thanks for the article.

5:07PM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

Thanks.

1:59PM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

any story on pedal power to save the planet is a welcome story.

Power to the pedal

1:43PM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

After many years spent driving car or scooter I have found I miss my bike! Me and my bike as one, that feeling and hapiness in move had never gone all this years. When I was much younger I rode MTB but today, this very day, I've bought brand new city bike - Trek. I'm so happy to be biker again!

12:11PM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

What great ideas, there are currently 3 of us cycling at the moment, there will be more in the summer months but only 5 bike spaces!

11:53AM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

I'd love to bike to work but my main problem with it is arriving all sweaty during the brutally hot summer months here in NC

11:37AM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

Thanks. I would love to the workplace more biker friendly!

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