Bike to Work Day


Event Title: Bike to Work Day
Date/Time: Fri, May 18th, 2012 (All day)
Location:

Florence Oregon Chamber of Commerce

This year the entire Florence community from schools and businesses to individuals are challenged to commute using alternative forms of transportation. The emphasis is on biking but walking, skateboarding, rollerblading, carpooling, or any other form of transportation are all encouraged. The total mileage commuted is "pledged" on the site and each individual is responsible for entering their mileage. It is possible for any team to challenge any other team for some healthy competition.

Bike month is for everyone, and everyone is a winner, because it is aimed at improving health and helping the environment.

Benefits for bike commuters:

  • Biking improves your health: national health statistics show that when you're more active, you decrease your risk for cancer, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
  • Bike commuting improves your mood: most bike commuters report that a little exercise and fresh air at the beginning and end of their work day improves their mood at work and at home.
  • Bike commuting saves you money: with gas costing over $4 a gallon and overall annual car ownership costs averaging $8,000, getting around by bike can free up money in your budget for other things.
  • Bike commuting keeps CO2 out of the atmosphere: about 37% of Oregon's carbon emissions come from transportation; cutting down on your motorized trips can help you reduce your carbon emissions and move us one little step closer to slowing down climate change.
  • Benefits for companies:
  • Bicycling is good for individual employees, but it can be good for a company, too - from creating happier, healthier employees to improving the bottom line:
  • Bicycling reduces stress and anxiety, and makes for happier employees.
  • Absentee and turnover rates are lower among physically active employees (National Center for Health Statistics).
  • Companies spend less on health care when they invest in programs promoting physical activity: one Blue Cross/Blue Shield study showed a savings of $2.45 per dollar allocated to fitness and wellness programs (Management Review, Aug. 1989, p. 37).
  • Encouraging bike commuting can help a company comply with theDepartment of Environmental Quality ECO Rule <http://www.deq.state.or.us/nwr/ECO/eco.htm> and save money through the Business Energy Tax Credit <http://oregon.gov/ENERGY/CONS/BUS/BETC.shtml> .



Extra information:

  • walkandbikeflorence.blogspot.com - this site has good information on walking and biking Florence (hence, the name!) It also has links to the bike challenge page and a fun video about how bikes make cities cool, shot in Oregon's own Portland….
  • Business Energy Tax Credit — A financial reward for reduced car trips
  • The State of Oregon Office of Energy offers a Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC). Eligible projects include:
  • Bicycle projects (such as showers, lockers or parking)
  • Incentives that encourage employees to use alternate transportation
  • Transit passes or transit subsidies for employees
  • Equipment and services that allow employees to telecommute
  • Vehicles for vanpooling, carpooling, or shuttles
  • The tax credit is 35 percent of eligible costs, taken over five years, 10 % in the first and second years, and 5% each remaining year. If the total project costs are $20,000 or less you may take the entire tax credit in one year.
  • In Oregon, any business that pays income taxes is eligible for the tax credits. The first step is to complete the Business Energy Tax Credit Application for Preliminary Certification and the Supplementary Information Form for transportation projects and send it to the Oregon Office of Energy. You will receive a preliminary certificate. If you finish the project, you can apply for a final certificate and claim the credit.
  • For complete details on how to get the energy tax credit contact the Oregon Department of Energy at 800.221.8035 or 503.378.4040 or visit the DOE website <http://oregon.gov/ENERGY/CONS/BUS/BETC.shtml> .



Planned events to be announced:

Bicycle "Rhody-o" : with the help of the Kiwanis
Bike Sale and Swap

 

Businesses and individuals can sign up at: www.bikecommutechallenge.com
The site is easy to use and has excellent information.