The Benefits of Bicycling
By Tara R. McKee
Using your bicycle instead of your car to go places is often its own reward, but sometimes, there are some true fringe benefits: the Bicycle Benefits! What are the benefits? How about this: discounts on products and services, perhaps a free dessert with a meal, a 2-for-1 offer, $5 haircuts, $2 bike tubes, free day memberships, 50% off entrance fees, etc. at participating businesses. These are the rewards for using pedal power and wearing your helmet. You are keeping the air cleaner, the parking lot areas less congested, and setting a great example that others can follow to become healthier and contribute to a more sustainable community. There are many businesses that want to reward you for that!
Businesses in the community join the Bicycle Benefits program, decide on what incentive they’d like to offer and show that they are participating in the program by placing blue and white Bicycle Benefits program sticker in their window. To get your Bicycle Benefits, you can buy a sticker from participating businesses for $5, and then put it on your helmet and bike to the participating business of your choice. Enjoy the ride, save the environment and some money at the same time!
If you’d like to find out about participating businesses in your area or if you have a business that would like to participate go to the Bicycle Benefits website by clicking here.