After a record-setting Winter Bike to Work Day earlier this week, a new Community Cycles program is trying to get even more people in Boulder pedaling to their jobs.
The new program, PedalSmart, will work with local companies to make it easier for employees to bike to work every day.
PedalSmart's staff will travel to businesses to give 45-minute introductory workshops on commuting, from gear to bike maintenance and skills, according to a release.
Program director Sue Prant said PedalSmart is an offshoot of what Community Cycles already does in Boulder.
"People come to the shop with Community Cycles, and with PedalSmart, we go to the companies," she said.
Organizers will also give employees a 15-minute bike tune-up to get them rolling safely, Prant said.
In her experience, the barrier to riding to work is, "'It's not that I don't have a bike, it's my bike has been sitting in the garage for five years and I don't know if it's safe.' Feeling confident with the bike is key."
Businesses are in the process of signing up now, Prant said. Insulated water bottle manufacturer Polar Bottle is in the beginning stages of registration, said spokeswoman Adeline Bash, and they're excited to participate.
"We think it's important to bike to work, and a lot of us already do," Bash said. "We're also really supportive of the efforts to encourage more people to do so."
Another perk of the program is employee access to Trip Tracker, which will monitor their bike trips via an online profile. Each month the top commuters of that company will receive prizes in the form of bicycle pumps, lights and other gear, courtesy of local businesses and Community Cycles.
Steph McCreary, studio manager for Bodywork Bistro, didn't just agree to participate in the program -- she pursued it.
"We have a living arts center, with a wellness studio and so we're already a part of that field," she said. ].
"And it's just a great team builder," McCreary said. "I push for eco stuff whenever I get a chance to."
She's looking forward to learning more about bike maintenance through PedalSmart, but it's also about the community building.
"It'd be great to share with other people the lifestyle. It makes it more real when you're around people doing the same thing with you. There's a camaraderie, I guess."