Cycling into Fall with Bike Commuting All September Long
We can think of tons of great reasons to commute by bicycle year-round: fresh air, good exercise, sustainable transportation and just plain fun all make the list. This September, we’re cranking up our bill of biking incentives even more. We’re hopping on board with lots of local and state events, and encouraging our employees to ride for prize drawings, in-house competitions and gift certificates.
We just brought on our latest round of Standing Stone Commuter Bikes for another nine great employees. With our Bike Program, team members who have worked over 1,000 hours at Standing Stone become eligible for a free bike, and in turn promise to ride it to and from the brewery at least 45 times in the next year. We’re delighted to see these folks jump on their new two-wheeled transportation around town.
September 12th and 13th Ashland welcomes Cycle Oregon and the over 2,000 cycle enthusiasts staying in town. Cycle Oregon offers participating athletes a mix of road riding and tent camping as the event moves from town to town around the state, enjoying both beautiful and challenging terrain along the way. We’re welcoming the bikers to the area with extra bicycle racks in front of our restaurant, to serve as a hub for downtown bike parking. We hope to see these racks full of from local biking buffs and visitors alike!
Every September we cheerfully participate in the Bicycle Transportation Alliance’s (BTA) Annual Bike Commute Challenge. Employees sign up for our Standing Stone team and we collectively track all the bike trips and miles we roll in throughout the entire month. Teams and individuals from all over the state challenge each other to bike commute the most and are entered in weekly prize drawings. With over 50 Standing Stone Commuter Bikes in the hands of our employees, and lots more bike-lovers with their own two-wheelers, we’re excited to trek more miles than ever before! You can sign up, too, either as an individual or as a team on the BTA’s website. Happy riding!
On September 22nd we’re racing in the 3rd Annual Siskiyou Challenge Multi-Sport Relay Race. This scenic and challenging competition supports Rogue Valley Farm to School, one of our favorite local nonprofits. We’ll be biking, kayaking and running our way to the finish line where Standing Stone fare and brews await all the participants in Lithia Park. Be on the look-out for stand-out Standing Stone athletes, as we have our own in-house contest for best team uniforms. Learn more about the race, resister your own team or sign up to volunteer on the race website.
For the month of September our employees are trading in car fuel for food! For every mile our cyclists commute to work and record the distance on the Bike Commute Challenge website, Standing Stone is giving money toward a gift certificate for each employee at the end of the month. Standing Stone bikers are also entering their names into a drawing for every round trip they make to and from the restaurant or farm. At the end of the month we’ll pull names for gift certificates to local outdoor retailers and the Ashland Food Co Op.
We hope to see mobs of cyclists around Ashland all month long. Remember, we’ve got downtown bike parking right out front of the brewpub on Oak Street, so stop in, enjoy a pint and a bite, and let us know what gets you motivated to bike commute!