This month, we celebrate the Two-Year anniversary of the Standing Stone Brewing Co “RPM” Bike Commuter Program. Through this program, 35 employees have received new bicycles to date. These proud owners are happy as ever to have pedal-powered transportation in bike friendly Ashland, OR.
Participating employees become members of the RPM Club, which signifies goals to Reduce car trips, Promote living and working in Ashland, and Maintain an active lifestyle. Not only does this have a positive impact on the environment, it boosts employee health and wellness, and reduces transportation costs – a win all around. To be eligible, employees must have worked 1,000 hours at Standing Stone, and promise to 2-wheel it to work for 45 round trips in one year.
Since giving out the first round of 17 bikes in 2009, we’ve inspired related initiatives at Standing Stone and in the community. Our friends at Rogue Creamery launched their Nellie Green Pedal Power program in December 2009, with 25 team members participating. Last year, they passed the torch to Rogue Federal Credit Union, which purchased 20 bikes for their bike-to-work program as well.
At Standing Stone, we installed a 14-bicycle rack in the street in front of our restaurant and brewery. The Ashland Outdoor Store, just a few blocks away, soon followed suit with on-street bike parking. These racks act as central hubs for cyclists in downtown Ashland.
We’ve also designed a new line of bike themed T-shirts that express our joint passions for biking and beer. These aren’t just for employees. Stop by our brewpub to pick one up for yourself or a friend!
As is tradition, in September Standing Stone employees will participate in the Bicycle Transportation Alliance’s (BTA) annual Bike Commute Challenge. This Oregon-wide contest invites businesses of all sizes to log employee cycling trips and challenge others in the state and local community to get in gear. The workplaces with the highest percentage of commutes by bicycle during the month win! Last year, Standing Stone employees logged 177 commutes, totaling 567 miles! Visit the BTA website to get more information, see who’s participating and sign up a workplace team. Bring on the challenge!
Check out this slideshow, too, from Standing Stone photographer, George Rubaloff, with photo highlights of happy bikers when we kicked off the program with a ride through Ashland two years ago.
We continue to celebrate this program every day and hope you’ll join us!