New to cycling in traffic? Share a ride with a neighbor, coworker or other bicyclist and learn what it takes to ride on urban and suburban streets safely. The more riders there are in a group, the safer the ride. Have you been commuting by bicycle for years? Share your experiences on the ins and outs of riding on urban and suburban streets safely and enjoy your ride with others. Or is recreational cycling been your area of expertise? Add commuting to your repertoire and find the best route to your place of work.
Bike Buddy Services
Ecology Action in Santa Cruz offers a Bike Buddy program to match up beginning cyclists with experienced cyclists to take the mystery and uncertainty out of urban cycling.
An experienced Bike Buddy commuter will show you:
- The safest and fastest commute routes.
- The best commuter clothing and gear to use.
- How to patch a flat and perform light repairs.
- Provide the motivation to bicycle rather than drive.
- Have fun and make new friends.
How to start a workplace bike program
If you are interested in getting more people biking to and from your workplace, here are some ideas for getting started.
Ask colleagues if they are interested in learning about commuting to work by bike
Pop your head into your neighbor’s office or cubicle. Are others at your office interested in learning how to confidently and efficiently bike commute to work? With support from employees, you can make a strong case for starting a program at your office.
Talk to HR or your wellness team
Tell them about employee interest in starting a program. Bike commuting can save employers money and make employees happier and healthier. Bike programs are a great addition to workplace wellness programs, and commuter education courses not only build interest, but also teach coworkers how to find the best routes to work, follow California bicycle laws, learn to change a flat tire and more.
Start a Bike Buddies program
Finding coworkers who are coming from similar parts of town to ride in together is a great way to promote bicycling to work. Ecology Action Bike to Work can help you to organize a Bike Buddies program to get more people comfortable riding in to work. Contact Emily Glanville at Ecology Action for more information.
Participate in Bike to Work Day
The first week of May is Bike to Work Day in Santa Cruz. It’s a great way to introduce people to the idea of bike commuting. Start a campaign to get more people at your office signed up, and then let’s work together to see if we can keep people riding throughout the year.