It's Bike to Work day! But in light of some rather gloomy statistics about who's actually getting on bikes in a recent report by John Pucher and Ralph Buehler, we thought it might be great to highlight some of the most effective ways out there to get more men, and also more women and more children riding. And it's not all about money, though some of the most effective methods do come down to dollars and sense.
1.Give Them A Bicycle.
Most of us assume that everybody has an old, beat up, slightly rusted bike somewhere in our basement, storage unit, or garage. And most of us probably do. But who wants to ride that to work? A number of companies have given their employees bicycles to encourage them to ride- last year IKEA gave its U.S. employees a silver, blue, and yellow striped bike for Christmas. Nabisco in Los Angeles has in the past given commuting employees a bike after six months of pedaling to work. But the best? Fort Collins, Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing gives employees a snazzy cruiser bike on their first anniversary of work (as an employee-owned company, that first birthday is also the moment an employee gets his or her company stock). Each year, production artist Ryan McKee helps make the bikes - from Schwinn, Streamline, and Felt - look distinctive so that every year is a "limited edition" special bike employees are happy to ride.
2. Give Them $ To Bike.
3. Give Them More $$ (Or Something Better).
4. Welcome $5 Per Gallon Gas.
5. Create Bike Trains.In 2010, Kiel Johnson decided to make his own job - he wanted to get more kids (and their parents) cycling. He started what he called a bike train at Portland Beach Elementary, and quickly got scores of parents and kids riding bikes together in a pack to school in the mornings. Nine schools in Portland now have bike trains, and Johnson aims to have a bike train at every school.Bike trains get kids riding - which considering that the number of kids biking in America has actually dropped, is a positive thing. It's true, they aren't strictly bike-to-work commuters - not yet, anyway!Like this story? Follow A.K. Streeter on Twitter.More about biking:
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