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It pays to encourage bicycling in the workplace

Old 08-05-11, 08:54 PM
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It pays to encourage bicycling in the workplace

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By encouraging QBP employees to commute by bike through 2007-2011, the company found the following:

The company experienced a 4.4% reduction in per member per month health care costs associated with an estimated 3-year savings of $170,000
Approximately 100 commuters incurred an estimated 3-year savings of $600,000
The business benefitted with an annual savings of $301,136 in employee productivity.
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I'm sure the benefits are real but the whole thing comes off as a little self serving.

"Major bike parts company discovers that cycling is healthy and cuts health care costs."

Encouraging your average QBP employee to bike to work is like encouraging Homer Simpson to have a donut for breakfast.
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Where I work, it's pretty easy to encourage others to commute. I guess just doing it every day is a form of encouragement for others.

When I first started commuting, most people were cool to it, but in recent years opinion has swung the other way. Many people are receptive to the idea and some of them actually have taken up commuting too.
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Unfortunately, the agency that I work for seems to be headed toward being non-bike-friendly. Myself and a few co-workers started biking to work several years ago...then the showers were taken out for more office space. I live 10 miles from work, and I weigh nearly 300 lb...I generate a lot of sweat on my commute, and it's nice to be able to rinse off.

A couple years later (now), I decided to try biking to work again (I'm the only one out of 200+ employees). The only bike rack is out on the front patio, and there's no way I'm leaving it out there, especially considering our clientele (section 8 tenants & homeless). So, I've been parking it in the parking garage, out of the way, locking it to a chain-link fence. Some employees started complaining about it. I figured I'd just make room in my cubicle, and store it there...WRONG - I was told (in not so nice a way) that bikes don't belong in the building. Back to the basement (for now).
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