Folks all over Portland are celebrating National Bike to Work Day. The bike parking at the West End News’ co-working space, Peloton Labs, is overflowing with bikes.
The City is getting in on the action, too. They co-hosted a fun event celebrating bicycle commuting in Monument Square from 7:30-9:30 am. They served tasty and healthy snacks, giveaways, mechanical support, a photo booth, commuting information. The City was joined by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, Healthy Portland, the Portland Maine Bicycle Commuting Meet-up Group, PACTS, USM, GoMaine and Portland Trails. Additional local supporters of the annual Bike to Work Day include Spartan Grill, Others Fair Trade, Big Sky Bakery and GO Maine.
The City’s wellness committee, City Fit!, is rewarding City employees for their participation in this year’s Bike to Work Day with a $5 token to the Portland Farmer’s Market.
Funding for Farmer’s Market tokens is made available through Aetna, the City’s health insurance provider, which deducts the funds from an annual wellness allowance. Employees who bike to the Monument Square tent must check in with City Fit! representative Stephanie Gagne to be awarded their token the day of the event.
For employees who wish to participate in the Bike to Work event but are unable to bike to Monument Square, Communications Director Jessica Grondin says they can snap a “selfie” of themselves preparing to bike on the morning of May 21st, and email it to her with their name and department.