September means many things for Ashland, Oregon; students are going back to school, trees are changing colors, and fall is beginning to ease in as summer sneaks out. Standing Stone welcomes the season with the Bike Commute Challenge. The annual cycling challenge takes place during September (Oregon’s Bike to Work Month) and encourages companies, schools and individuals across the state to commute with two wheels.
It’s a call to action by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, our regional cycling advocates. The BTA’s goal is to increase health of our state, while decreasing transportation and health care costs, by commuting to work every day. Over 228 schools participated in 2011 and the BTA helped obtain over 1,100 signatures for Portland’s bike sharing program. 1,400 workplaces participated, with 12,000 riders (including, of course, Standing Stone Brewing Co.). We even got featured as an inspirational picture of the week!
Currently, Standing Stone boasts 500 miles biked by employees, with over 150 round trips in just the last three weeks! Our very own Josh Nielsen leads the pack with over 105.6 miles logged. Nice work, Josh! Employees also get to enter in a raffle for every day they bike to work to win prizes at the end of each week. And of course, there is a grand prize winner at the end.
Why do we participate in the Bike Commute Challenge every year? Well, that’s easy: we care about the health and well-being of our community and employees. Standing Stone’s commuter bike program is in its fifth year and we’re always looking for new ways to increase employees’ health and happiness. In fact, we’re starting a new employee wellness program at the end of the month – keep an eye out for more info soon!
As is tradition, we also tapped our annual September seasonal ale, the Commuter Gold in honor of Bike to Work Month. Be sure to check out information on this refreshing beer and stop by to try it for yourself. When you’re in, you’ll see our coworkers wearing Standing Stone bike tees all week in celebration of the Challenge. We hope to see your bike out front with ours on the big, yellow rack soon!