Studies show that exercising makes you happier, by reducing stress, improving memory and relieving anxiety. We’re all for more joy in life, and what better way to boost your mood than biking to work?
Ken Benesh, Smartwool Sourcing Manager, rides his bike 17 miles each way to our Steamboat Springs, CO headquarters. He makes this commute 3 or 4 times a week from May through November. It’s almost entirely on rural gravel roads, which is great for the summer and fall months before snowflakes begin to fall.
“Biking to work, I get to kill two birds with one stone,” shares Ken. “I get my workout in while eliminating driving. Plus, there’s the reward of being outdoors and getting more fit!”
At Smartwool, we track and incentivize efforts to reduce our carbon footprint, be it human-powered (biking, walking, running) or vehicle-powered (carpooling, public transportation). Carpooled to work? That’s one entry. Biked to work? That’ll get you two entries. We draw names to win sweet prizes each week. We highly recommend implementing a program like this at your office!
Whether we’re riding our bikes 250 miles to Outdoor Retailer in Denver or piling 12 co-workers in a van and driving to an event—these alternative modes of transportation are not only more sustainable, they’re a fun way to get to know your fellow co-workers. There’s a unique bond that forms after pedaling through 6,000 feet of vertical or sitting 6 hours in a vehicle.