Pro-bike commuting employers guiding riders to the Summit
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Last year's Portland Employers Bicycle Summit drew scores of riders who, after parking their bikes, learned about new ways of commuting.
A Friday summit will gather businesses that encourage workers to commute by bike and advocates who can help boost their ridership numbers.
The Portland Employers Bike Summit, hosted by Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, takes place at 100 S.W. Market St. The Summit is also backed by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, the Lloyd Transportation Management Association, the transportation website and 'zine Portland Afoot and the Portland Bureau of Transportation.
The event, in its second year, aims to encourage new ways to back bike commuting. Mia Birk of Alta Bicycle Share — which is forging bike share programs in Portland and Seattle — will give the event's keynote address.
Regence has had an active bicycle commuting program for years, said Jackie Yerby, the company's sustainability manager. The company had also informally talked with BTA and other employers about bike-commuting strategies.
"The more we talked, the more we realized there'd be value in having a summit where employers can share best practices and have information to take back to workplaces," she said.
The Summit will feature a bike facility tour. After last year's event, John Russell, who owns the 200 Market building that houses Regence's Portland headquarters, added bicycle parking in the structure's garage.
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