It’s always exciting to see photos and hear stories of different initiatives undertaken by employees to make biking to work throughout the month of September a fun, enjoyable experience that brings the whole office together. Jesse Boudart, BTA member and employee at transportation planning firm Kittelson & Associates, sent in these photos with this caption about his efforts to encourage coworkers to take the Bike Commute Challenge this month. Jesse writes:
“As part of encouraging Kittelson employees to bike to work, we have been providing an array of different events and bike related workshops. Inspired by the breakfast on the bridges, we (Kelly Laustsen and Jesse Boudart) cooked a hearty breakfast to feed the long commutes of some Kittelson first time riders from Beaverton, Tigard, and the SW in general, which includes KAI’s CEO and other senior principals!
Fortunately, these first time riders have not been doing it alone. They have organized themselves to meet each other at spots on the way to work and eventually form a ‘peloton’ to bike the crowded streets of Barbur, Capitol Highway, or others. They have been doing this for the last week and can’t believe how much easier cycling into work really is, especially with others! We plan to have other community building events including a Friday lunch time cart ride, weekend long ride, and bike maintenance workshops. Go bicycling at Kittelson!”
It’s clear that Jesse and Kelly efforts to organize bike trains and cook delicious breakfasts to entice people to ride their bikes is having an impact; Kittelson’s team has logged over 1000 miles in the past two weeks and currently boasts a bike commute rate of over 40%. It’s always a good sign when you can get the CEO on a bike; nothing motivates employees to give the Bike Commute Challenge a try like watching the boss pull up to the office on two wheels. The planning firm is also holding its own in two friendly competitions against Bike Commute Challenge rival teams at OBEC and Sera Architects.
Way to go, Jesse! As always, a friendly reminder to send us your inspirational photos, stories, and videos of your Bike Commute; we’d love to feature you on the Photo of the Day. Happy riding! Enjoy this late summer weather while you can.