City Green - Employee Bikeshare

Hear what fellow employees have to say about the program:
"Much of my job requires me to be out on the streets. Having a bike to get around the city has been a huge success in accomplishing my tasks. I have been able to have more face to face contact with people that I would other wise drive past or have to find parking and back track to have conversation with them. This past May I walked many miles doing street patrol. It created some issues medically with foot problems. Having a bike not only eliminated that problem, but the exercise I get, has helped me to lose 4 lbs."  Ted Miles - Code Enforcement (This bike (with pretty much just Ted using it at this time) has clocked up 120 miles in the first month! Ed.)
"Today, myself and Kristin took the bikes to subway to grab some lunch!  It was an easy ride and we appreciate that we have this new amenity." Erin Knapp - Burlington International Airport

“I meant to thank you before, but am finally remembering to tell you how awesome it was to be able to borrow a bike to take to a nearby meeting and it was so awesomely and thoughtfully outfitted.  From the removable panier bag to the lock in the side pocket – thanks for making it easy for not-entirely confident bikers like me to do a good thing.” Rain Banbury – Community Justice Center

The Wellness Committee and Mayor Weinberger had an OPEN HOUSE on Tuesday August 19th to celebrate the launch of the City Green - Employee Bikeshare Program:

Why: The City of Burlington has added 10 new bikes to its previously sporadic, unmanged bike share fleet and launched a fully managed and funded program that involves a booking system, multiple locations and annual maintenance and repairs.  A large number of employees attended to learn about the bike share program and how to reserve a bike. They saw the new bikes, got a hands on demonstration of their features and were led to the event by the Mayor in a 15 bike posse from City Hall to Pine Street!

We were joined at the open house by CATMA, Local Motion, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of VT, CarshareVT, GoVT and CCTA.  All partners had some great information on walking, biking and commuting, lunch was served and door prizes were given out!

Some great media coverage can be found online from Fox 44 news and Vermont Biz.

This program would not have been possible without help from many people including: Nic Anderson (who has tirelessly managed the entire program from the initial idea, overseeing all content, publicity and promotional materials, organizing the launch event and to sustaining it through the future), the Wellness Committee for funding the entire program using funds from our insurance carrier Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, Grant Taylor for his research, content and event organization, Jon Adams-Kollitz for his insight and logistics, Dan Cahill for guidance and event DJ skills!, Ben Pacy for his support and guidance and everyone else who advised and helped shape this program into the living, working success that we enjoy today!!!!!

The official event poster is available here.  A summary of the program can be found on the Employee Bikeshare Info Sheet or more detail on this website.