Some 30 staff hit the saddle as part of our annual 'Bike to Work' venture.
Every year in June, we join in the fun of Pro Velo Switzerland's 'Bike-to-Work' initiative. In May and June around 54,000 cyclists hit the pedals and ride their bikes to work.
The goal: half-way to work
So what does that mean now for the valiant PB Swiss Tools cyclists who took part in the initiative? Do they have to take their bikes for a whole month – no matter what the weather?
"Pro Velo Switzerland's aim in all this is to encourage people to cycle at least half-way to work during the course of the program," reports Katja Gygax, PA in HR and Finance at PB Swiss Tools. The kilometers everyone rode were registered in an app – but only the way to work counted. Anyone wanting to ride an e-bike just had to register: PB Swiss Tools found the bike and covered most of the rental for the period.
Promoting health – and team spirit
Most importantly, it's all about having fun: "We don't monitor people – there's no pressure and there are certainly no penalties if you don't ride half way," says Katja Gygax. The initiative is all about promoting a healthier lifestyle and boosting team spirit. "Most of all, it's just great when people join in. And over again we see these cyclists in a good mood, and it's great for networking."
Up for grabs: shopping vouchers
People ride in teams of four – this provides the necessary motivation and is just more fun. And the fact that there are prizes to win is an added incentive. Overall, ten prizes were up for grabs:
· for the most kilometers ridden;
· for the person who rode their bike every day;
· for a randomly chosen team; and
· for seven other participating teams, also chosen by drawn by lots.
The prizes were shopping vouchers redeemable in the region. The winning team won a voucher for an evening meal together.
Impressions of 'Bike to Work' riders
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