Just in time for Bike Month, Cascade Bicycle Club has launched the Green Bike™ Project 2.0 and introduced bicycling as a form of commute transportation to 36 employees from southeast Seattle businesses and nonprofit organizations.
The Green Bike™ Project was first launched in 2009 in partnership with the Washington State Department of Transportation, King County Metro and REI. Brand new commuters from around the region were given a Novarra bicycle, instruction, and logistical and moral support towards a goal of reducing their drive-alone commute trips by 60 percent. 60 percent of 2009 participants achieved that goal and earned sole ownership of their Green Bike.
In 2010 Cascade took the lead and selected organizations from southeast Seattle to introduce the bicycle as commute transportation to a one specific community. The intrepid new participants are already out on their bikes and commuting to and from work in their communities – and people are noticing! Instructor Ray Whitlock reported that, “On my commute home today I saw and talked to a guy riding a Green Bike from downtown into West Seattle and on to his home in White Center. How cool is that?!”
Be on the lookout for Green Bikers working hard through “sweat equity” to transform their commute and earn that bike! Give them an encouraging smile and wave.