INTRODUCTION
To be fit and healthy you need to be physically active. Regular physical activity can help protect you from serious diseases such as obesity,
heart disease, cancer, mental illness, diabetes and arthritis. Riding your bicycle regularly is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of
health problems associated with a sedentary lifestyle.
 
 
Millions of people in the United States ride bicycles for exercise or leisure, however, statistics
show that only 1% of the total U.S. population ride bicycles for transportation--and barely half
as many use bikes to commute to work.  Why? Surveys have found that a lack of bicycle
infrastructure and being forced to ride or walk alongside of traffic is the primary reason people
give when asked why they don’t commute to work/school by bike or walk.

BIKE SATURDAYS
is an ongoing community promotion designed to encourage people of all ages and abilities to take responsibility for their own health and to
provide awareness about the need to develop alternative forms of active transportation through biking and walking. It's also about providing
information about the economic, environmental, health, and social benefits of cycling - which are enormous.
It's also about having some fun
along the way!

BEING PART OF THE SOLUTION -- HOW IT WORKS (in a nutshell - please call for complete details)

    PART I: Saturday Ride Events

    Not a race or other competition. It's promoted to bring out families and individuals who own bikes but rarely ride and are part of the
    majority who feel it's is unsafe to ride city streets . The event provides the platform for county and city planning officials, law
    enforcement and other agencies to get the word out about the importance of bicycle infrastructure and the many other benefits of
    commuting by bicycle.

  • Any business can sponsor a Saturday Ride Event
  • NO fees to sponsor or to participants
  • Familiarizes cyclists with the local (on and off-road trail systems), trail etiquette and safety.
  • Provide economic benefits for businesses to encourage a bike commuting culture

    PART II: Employee Based Team Points "Commute to Work/School"

    "Over two-thirds of all traffic is from local residents commuting to and from work.  Nearly half of all trips are three miles or less and 28
    percent are one mile or less – distances easily covered by bicycle."  Yet 65 percent of trips under one mile are made by automobile.

  • Any business can participate.
  • Any day an employee bikes, walks to work (school) points are awarded
  • Double points when participating in Bike Saturdays events
  • Points are converted to awards, prizes and other incentives. Suggested points system
  • Bike 15 points
  • Walk 10 points
  • Public Transportation 5 points

    PART III: Merchant Incentive Promotion

    "Encourages residents and visitors to travel by bike and to patronize local businesses. Participating businesses place a special BIKE
    SATURDAYS decal in their storefront which lets customers know they are participating in the program and are offering discounts."

  • No fees to participate
  • Decals provided
  • Discounts and other incentives at the descreation of the merchant
 
If you would simply like to be placed on the mailing list or become a major sponsor,
just fill out the form below, or call 406-871-6282 for further information
 
Name
Company
Address
City, ST, Zip
Phone
Email
Participant, mailing list only
Saturday Ride
Company team
Merchant Incentive program
Sponsorship information
Comments?
Call 406-871-6282 or email dennisk@alternatives-magazine.com
 
.... changing how people
move through a city isn’t
easy. More mass transit is
great, but time consuming
and expensive to build.

There are “compelling
economic, social and
environmental reasons for
cities to invest in safe and
well-connected cycling
infrastructure. Biking eases
congestion, reduces health
care costs, and cuts air
pollution. It’s an “equitable
transport mode,” since it’s
far cheaper to own and
maintain a bike than a car.
    -- WIRED
 
Salt Lake City street
removes parking, adds bike
lanes and sales go up.
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Norway's capital to
permanently ban cars from
its downtown area within 4
years.
MORE >>
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The World Could Save
Trillions . . . . bikes and
buses, are part of it  
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from an exercise or recreation activity only to a serious form of urban mass transportation.