Going Green: Employers adding bicycle amenities
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More and more employers are encouraging employees to get out of their cars and bicycle to work. One way of doing that is to add more bicycle amenities to their properties.
Many employers are adding work stations for bikes that need air or minor repairs.
Another way to encourage bicycle riders is with a new map.
Director Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council James D'Agostino said, “We developed the bicycle suitability map for bicycling in the greater Syracuse area and there are two versions. There is a larger version that shows a whole Onondaga County area and a smaller one for the City of Syracuse. The smaller one is smaller. It fits in your pocket. It's weatherproof.”
The free map produced by the Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council details which roads are the most suitable for bike riders.
Now, what do you do if you've ridden your bike to work but the weather turns bad and you can't ride your bike home? The public transportation people have an answer.
Director of Communications Centro Steve Koegel said, “We began our bike rack program in 1998 and it took tow or three years for people to actually catch on, that we had bike racks on our buses. But in more recent years it has grown. There isn't a day that I don't drive up and down the street and see one of our Centro buses drive by with a bicycle on the front of it. So yes, it has grown.”
But many bikers might be reluctant to use the bus bike racks.
“I think people recognize that the bike rack is there but they just don't know how to use it and then actually stepping in front of the bus as it's operating may be the most intimidating factor for some people. But once you get used to it, it's a simple mechanism. Just pull up on the handle, drop the bike rack, set the bike on it, put a latch on it and you're good to go. So it's real easy to use,” said Koegel.