ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Commuters are being urged to at least consider switching from four wheels to two for their daily ride to work on this National Bike to Work Day.
Trailnet is the local sponsor and organizer of this year’s event, and it is hoping to gather at least 500 participants for its annual ride.
Corporations are encouraged to get in on the act by making it easier for employees to take part, and maybe even offer incentives to those who take them up on it.
One local company doing that right now is HOK-St. Louis, in the Equitable building near Busch Stadium.
“We’ve been doing Bike to Work Day at HOK for probably 15 years,” says Tim Gaidis, sustainable design leader for the company. “We’ve had as many as 18 people take part.”
One of those who not only takes part in the annual observation, but year-round, is structures group member Steven Crang, who says only extreme cold or ice can stop him from making his two-wheeled commute.
“Snow doesn’t seem to stop me, and temperatures down to about 15 degrees are OK,” he says.
Crang estimates that he bikes to work 90 percent of the time.
Once he arrives, HOK has sturdy but space-saving bicycle racks for a dozen-plus bikes on the walls, an air pressure gauge for quick tire pump-ups, showers and locker space, and even an automatic water bottle filler.
“We also have a program that we’re just starting up with an HOK-specific bike share,” Gaidis says. “Right now, we have one bike that people can use if they need to go out and run errands at lunch or want to go out to the Riverfront Trail and get a little exercise, and as that develops, we’ll probably add a couple more bikes, as well.”
Bike to Work Day is a highlight of National Bike Month, established during the month of May in 1952 by the League of American Bicyclists.
For more information, visit trailnet.org.
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