Cascade Gearing Up For Green Bike Project 2.0
Cascade Bicycle Club is taking the lead on this year’s Green Bike Project 2.0 and plans to roll out the program in May 2010! This year Cascade will target employers and employees in southeast Seattle and introduce commuting by bike to an increasingly wider community.
Last year 120 people of 200 completed their pledge to reduce drive-alone trips by more than 60 percent and earned their bikes. Together, all new riders biked over 111,000 miles in over 9,000 bike trips. Participants in this year’s program will get a chance to earn their bike by reducing drive-alone commutes by 50 percent, and receive other rewards too!
Past participants have stated that the Green Bikes Project brought cycling into their normal routine and changed their lives. Our helmets go off to those participants who demonstrated that commuting by bike is possible (even fun!) and we look forward to changing the lives of a new group of riders this year.
The Green Bike Project 2.0 is currently full! Thanks to all organizations who submitted applications for the 2010 program!
If your organization is interested in future Green Bike Projects, please contact Cascade’s Green Bike Project Coordinator, Andrew McLaughlin, at (206) 204.1168 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also download a PDF of an application for interested employers from the Pledge & Program Rules page. Cascade Bicycle Club’s commute webpage also has information about classes and other resources to help you and your workplace or community start using the bicycle as transportation. Getting on a bike is a great way to get or stay fit, save money, protect our air and water quality and enjoy your community.
Testimonials from Phase 1
I love riding it. It has completely turned around my perceptions of morning routine. I listen to birds on the way to work instead of the radio and I feel the morning air instead of the car heater.
— Christy, Quadrant Homes
Not only did my waist line go from a size 54" to 38" it has also given me a new lease on life and the desire to dream bigger things. So I’m now involved with the American Lung Associations Climb for Clean Air in preparing to climb Mt Rainier this summer!
— John, Swedish Medical Center
Last summer, I was toying with the idea of commuting. I wanted to, but I was intimidated (my commute from Wedgwood to NSCC is FULL of hills) and it was physically very challenging. I found out about the GBP and thought it seemed the perfect way to tackle the situation. I became part of a group of novice commuters here at North, and cycling has become a part of my life.
A morning that begins with a commute is the best kind of morning for me – I feel alert, energized, and connected to my community by the time I arrive at work. Personally, I feel connected to other cyclists I see on the road as well as the other Green Bikers (and our coordinator) here at North and in Seattle at large. All of this has affected my life so positively that I have become a committed commuter!
— Marcie, North Seattle Community College