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There are many incentives for your business to participate in Ride On! A successful bicycle commuting program has the commitment of upper management and is promoted internally on a regular basis. There are many ways to promote bicycle commuting within your organization. Here are some great examples.
- Offer a free “starter kit” to bicycle commute program recruits. Include such items as a patch kit, reflective stickers, water bottle, bike map, and a copy of the Bicycle Commuter’s Handbook.
- Hold monthly prize drawings for program participants, perhaps in conjunction with brown-bag workshops.
- Have t-shirts made featuring your company logo and a bike-friendly design or slogan. Then give these away to bicycle action committee members, or bicycle commute program participants.
- Offer free or subsidized tune-ups at a local bicycle shop.
- Participate in the citywide Bike to Work Week event. Appoint a worksite coordinator to handle registration. Offer free food, prizes, or on-site bicycle adjustments to employees who participate.
- Implement a commuter challenge contest with other area businesses.
- Hold a “Pedal with the CEO” day.
- Stage a bike rodeo for employee’s children.
- Sponsor recreational rides and fitness races.
- Subsidize an Effective Cycling class.
- Recognize bicycle commuters in your company newsletter or on a bulletin board display.
- Give awards to “dedicated bicycle commuters” who ride more than 50% of the workdays in a specified period.
OTHER PROGRAMS AND INCENTIVES
- Provide discounts or subsidies on the purchase of bicycles, helmets, or other commuting equipment.
- Provide financing or payroll deduction for bicycle purchases.
- Offer cash back to cyclists who agree not to use employee parking spaces.
- Provide travel reimbursement (.10/mile) to bicyclists.
- Allow employees to earn .25 hour vacation time per day of bicycle commuting.
- Offer flextime or a fifteen-minute grace period for bicycle commuters.