Monday, December 13, 2010

Bike Bonus!

IKEA, the retailer of trendy put-it-together-yourself furniture (I hope that's right; I've never traded with 'em) has given every U.S. employee a surprise year-end bonus. Not cash, or a gift card - but a bicycle!

"We hope this bike will be taken in the spirit of the season while supporting a healthy lifestyle and everyday sustainable transport," said Mike Ward, IKEA US president.

Additional pro-bicycle propaganda on the press release:

Why a bike? Because when it comes to sustainable transport, a bicycle is a great option. And when it comes to healthy living, riding a bike is one of the best cardio forms of exercise. Here are some facts.
• Bicycling is an excellent cardio-vascular exercise, which promotes heart health.
• On average, commuting 10 miles a day by bike in 30 minutes, instead of driving a car burns 110,250 calories (keeping off 30 pounds of fat each year).
• Cycling just 20 miles a week can help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 50%.
• Countries with the highest levels of cycling and walking generally have the lowest obesity rates.

For Sustainable living, bicycling also has many benefits.
• Bicycling reduces polluting emissions. A short, four mile round trip by a bike keeps about 15 pounds of pollutants out of the air we breathe.
• In 2001 walking and bicycling accounted for 23 billion miles traveled, worth billions of dollars in fuel savings alone.
• In one year, riding a bike versus owning and driving a car will save an individual $8,000 in gasoline and general car maintenance and insurance costs.

[The only point I'd take issue with is "commuting 10 miles a day in 30 minutes." 20mph is a little fast for a "commuting" pace, unless all their employees are very athletic.]


Clancy said...

How many of those will end up on the local Craigslist? Those bikes lack the quality of bike store bike and look on par with a box store bike.

Bikeboy said...

I agree, Clancy. They look to be on the "chintzy" side.

They were probably built by Huffy or "Next" or one of those other Chinese manufacturers that build Wal-Mart bikes, and then just given the special IKEA paint treatment. (You can specify color, if you order 5000 bikes at a time, I imagine.)

RAC said...

Not related to this article - but...
I was introduced to the blog through COG on facebook. I love it! I am a proud, but less than completely committed, bike commuter. Reading your blog has been inspiring and I have upped my committment level one notch. Other notches are forthcoming!

Bikeboy said...

You honor me, RAC! I hope I can plant enough new material here that it holds interest and relevance. Suggestions are always appreciated.