Commuting to work is never fun, but it can be made a bit more interesting if you hop on the saddle and take the bike into the office. Bike to Work Week, celebrated throughout the United States May 11-15, is just the time to kick a good habit into gear. Colorado, known for its active and fit culture, is a leader in this holiday with the City of Denver reporting the highest program participation rate with one out of every 28 adults taking part. Find an event happening near you.
Saving energy is a lot like dieting. Sure, if you hand wash your laundry or don’t touch the thermostat all summer, you’ll save a few dollars off your energy bill. But one slip up – eating an entire bag of chips for breakfast and turning that thermostat down to 55 every day in July– and all your hard work has gone to waste.
The true key to being a more empowered energy saver, and healthier person — in an effort to keep this analogy going – is to make a lifestyle change. Adding and subtracting little things to your life can add up to make a big difference, both in your wallet and in your waistline.
What better time to look at this than National Bike to Work Week. Here in Boulder, Colorado, you’re in the minority if you take your car to the office. Throughout the city, people are walking, riding their bikes or scooters, or taking public transit. We even raft to work if the tide is just right. #BoulderCO @OnlyInBoulder
The number of employees in Boulder riding their bike to work is 17x higher than the national average, with more than 10 percent of the city pedaling to the office. Here at Simple Energy, you’ve got no choice – we’ve only got two parking spaces for about 60 employees.
We encourage our team to make energy-wise decisions throughout their lives. It’s why every Simple Energy employee receives a membership for the Denver/Boulder B-Cycle bike sharing program, as well as an RTD Eco Pass to use Denver’s bus and light rail service. We encourage everyone to take public transportation for their commute, and it’s not uncommon to see our employees lugging their bikes up the stairs to our office.
Living a more energy-aware lifestyle doesn’t require a crash diet of eliminating energy consumption. Making small changes here and there, and just becoming more aware of your energy decisions, can go a long way to a more energy-efficient you. And this week, it’s a nice reminder that this journey can begin with a single pedal.