Thinking about a two-wheel commute? These folks will help
Mark Gerber has been into bicycles for most of his life –– bike-riding paperboy, bike racer, bike shop employee, bike tourist, volunteer bike advocate and more. “There is great freedom in riding a bike,” says Gerber. “It’s a good speed to watch the world.”
Gerber has a new avenue for his enthusiasm: He is part of a small group of Legacy Health employees promoting the “Bike Buddy Commuting Program,” assisting co-workers who want to try their hand at getting to the job on two wheels.
They are willing to help people:
— Plan a route
— Select gear
— Ride with them on a trial trip
Looking for bike commuters across Legacy
“We want to give people access to the experience we have picked up over the years,” says Gerber, who works at Legacy’s administrative offices in Northwest Portland and has been bike commuting for much of his 15 years with Legacy. “We want to help folks feel the benefits of bike riding. And, we want people to be safe.”
They also are looking for Legacy staff at other sites to serve as commuter bike buddies. “We think there are a number of bike commuters across Legacy who would be happy to help others get started,” Gerber says.
If you would like receive help from an experienced bike commuter or you would like to volunteer as a bike commuter buddy, email BicyclingCommunity@lhs.org.
In time for the “Bike More Challenge”
The push for bike commuting comes just in time for May’s Bike More Challenge, formerly known as the Bicycle Commuter Challenger and formerly held in September. Sponsored by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, it’s an annual event to promote cycling across the region; it’s now in May as part of National Bike Month.
In the Bike More Challenge, workplaces create teams to log their biking miles. Legacy has had a team for years. To learn more, email BicyclingCommunity@lhs.org.
To promote the effort, the Bike Buddy Commuting Program is receiving support from Legacy’s Good Health Council and Good Health Teams.
Media inquiries: Brian Terrett, 503-415-5775 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Mark Gerber prepares for his daily commute.