Posts Tagged ‘bicycle’

February Bike Battle

February 24, 2011

We could call it the “February Bike Commute Challenge” but lately the Fairware contest to see who will bike to work the most days in February has taken on battle undertones. With only two days to go Stefan and I are locked in a race to victory, separated by a mere half point!

Here’s how it works: Staff receive a point each day they bike to and from work. If you bike only one way (say it starts raining mid-day and you take the bus home) you get a 1/2 point. If it rains, and you get significantly wet during your ride, it becomes a double point day. We record points daily on a calendar in the lunch room (pictured below).

Sarah (SW) enthusiastically enters the race

The race was tight at the beginning but a hit of the flu for Nicole and week-long business trip for Denise took them out of the running. Sarah looked like she would be a serious contender, entering the race mid-month with great enthusiasm, but fell behind shortly after.

I won’t go into details of the battle between Stefan and I, which has been crazy exciting, but the next two days will define winner and loser. Tomorrow has a forecast of -15 so it’s not going to be a pretty finish.

Stay tuned as the winner will be announced Monday. The prize? Honour, prestige, bragging rights, the opportunity to rub victory in the face of your colleagues…and beer of course.

3 Tips for Cycling in the Rain

November 17, 2010

Flickr / dustinj

This week, inspired by two days of downpour in Vancouver, we bring you 3 tips for riding in the rain:

1. Acceptance – You’re going to get wet and that’s okay.

2.  Just get going – Once you’re on your way you warm up, making the trip a lot more comfortable.

3.  Friends – Not sure if it’s the comradery or the competition, but having friends cycle with you makes it more fun (and a more difficult commitment to break).

Of course decent rain gear helps too (but that’s kind of obvious).

Let us know your top tip for riding in the rain!

Crazy Sustainable Commute – full length

August 30, 2010

On Friday we mentioned that the Fairware Team participated in the Crazy Sustainable Commute, a crazy fun event all about raising awareness on taking sustainable transportation to and from work. 5 of our staff participated by riding tiny bikes borrowed from some really cool kids we know (thanks guys!). Below is a video featuring clips from our trip.

Crazy Sustainable Commute – trailer

August 27, 2010

This morning Fairware participated in the Crazy Sustainable Commute, a crazy fun event all about raising awareness on taking sustainable transportation to and from work. We’re making a longer video documenting our team on tiny bikes, but for now here’s Nicole starting her commute.

Bike to Work Week

April 13, 2010

Flickr / neotint

Bike to Work Week is fast approaching. At Fairware we’re almost ready to go. Half of us have our bikes out for the season and a couple colleagues will be pulling theirs out in the coming weeks. Fairware is well set-up for cycling staff. We have a shower in the bathroom, adequate bike storage, a casual dress code and central Vancouver location. Plus, we love bikes and the passion is contagious.

There are many benefits to businesses that encourage staff to commute by active transportation including better employee retention, less sick days, improved morale, productivity and more. From an employee perspective, it feels good to get a little exercise before and after work and it’s a nice break from public transit. Plus it’s fun!

Here in Vancouver, the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition manages Bike to Work Week – and helps mobilize workplaces across the Vancouver Region to get staff out of their cars.

Is your workplace ready for the fair weather bike season? If you’re looking for direction, we found some great online guides for helping offices become more bike-friendly. We’ve included a list of our favourite links at the end of this post.

Check out this excellent article in Momentum Magazine which outlines some of the more innovative cash and tax incentives being offered in places like San Francisco, Oregon, the UK, and Australia. Pretty exciting stuff!

How is your office preparing for Bike to Work Week? Leave a comment below.

And stay tuned, we’re in the process of adding more products to the Bike to Work section on our website. It’s filled with useful products to promote your commitment to active lifestyles and sustainable transportation.

Guides to help your office become cycle-friendly:

Employer’s Commuting Guide: Is promoting bike commuting right for you? – San Francisco Bicycle Coalition

Be a Bike Friendly Workplace – Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition

The Cycle-Friendly Workplace: Your step-by-step guide – Australian Government, Department of the Environment and Water Resources, Department of Health and Ageing

A Guide for Employers: Getting your workplace cycle-friendly – London Cycling Campaign

Employer Guide to Bicycle Commuting – Baltimore Metropolitan Council and Baltimore Regional Transportation Board


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