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BIKES - Bicycle Incentive and Keen Effort for Scottsdale

hhlogo.gif (1825 bytes)(A partnership program between employee bicycle commuters, the Handlebar Helper program and the Scottsdale Transit Office)

Vision

Increase the number of employees who ride a bicycle to work.


Strategies

  1. Operate a collaborative program to award bicycles to employees for bicycle commuting
  2. Recognize the inherent difficulties of a lifestyle change and keep the process pleasant and easy.

Background

This collaborative program began in early 1997.  It was first suggested by Handlebar Helpers as a way to reuse bicycles not suitable for their program, but appropriate for commuting. They enlisted the assistance of the City’s environmental steering committee who proposed a partnership with the City’s Transit Office. Through the efforts of volunteers and staff in all three organizations, the program was implemented during Valley Bike Week in April 1997.

Criteria

  1. Open to all full time, part-time and contract employees, dependent on bicycle availability.
  2. Sign an agreement pledging to abide by all program criteria and conditions and receive, from Handlebar Helpers, a reconditioned bike, suitable for commuting, a helmet and a lock, at no cost.
  3. Commit to safely ride the bike to work a minimum of 20 days in six months and maintain the bike in good operating condition. The bike may also be ridden for any other purposes.
  4. Return the bike to Handlebar Helpers, in comparable condition as when received, if termination of City employment or some other condition prevents completion of the commitment.

Process

  1. Contact the Bicycle Coordinator, Susan Conklu, at 312-2308 to obtain B.I.K.E.S. Information Packet.  Guaranteed Ride Home Program (GRH) form and Free Bus Pass (FBP) form will be  included in the packet. Bicycle commuters are encouraged to participate in these programs to meet any unanticipated transportation problems.
  2. If B.I.K.E.S. program criteria and conditions are acceptable, contact Handlebar Helpers representative through Neighborhood Parks at 312-2771 to make an appointment to select a bicycle.
  3. Take completed B.I.K.E.S. Registration Agreement to Handlebar Helpers Bike Shop at Paiute Neighborhood Center, 6535 E. Osborn Road, Building 6 to receive bicycle, helmet and lock.
  4. Make appointment with the Bicycle Coordinator, Susan Conklu, at 312-2308 to sign Agreement, turn in completed GRH and FBP forms, and receive and review bicycle safety and commuting information.
  5. Complete the bicycle commuting commitment as agreed, submit the Completion Notice and receive ownership of the bike.