Saturday, April 18, 2009

WalkBikeBerks Host Bike To Work "Friendly" Competition

Please see the below letter that will be going out to area businesses and share with your friends and employers. Also, please check out our new Bike To Work brochures!

Dear Business Owner or Manager,

Please consider partnering with WalkBikeBerks for the county’s most healthy and inspiring event. WalkBikeBerks in conjunction with the Berks County Commissioners, Reading Mayor, and BARTA are gearing up for this year’s Bike to Work Day celebration on May 15, 2009. To help promote the month and day WalkBikeBerks will be awarding prizes thanks to the generous sponsorship of Spokes Bicycle Shop and contributing sponsors Power Bar, Kutztown University, Berks Technical Institute , H&K Printing and the Berks County Bicycle Club!

WalkBikeBerks believes regional planning that includes bicycle and pedestrian transportation spurs community interaction while protecting the open spaces and unique characteristics of this area for future generations. Celebrating Bike to Work affirms our message: Berks County residents can enhance air quality, reduce traffic congestion, and improve personal health and fitness by commuting to work by bicycle. Together, we can build livable communities across our great county.

Berks County Commissioners have officially proclaimed May 2009 Bike Month, May 11-15 Bike Week, and May 15, 2009 Bike to Work Day. Bike Month is a national event led by the League of American Bicyclists in which hundreds of thousands of cyclists promote fun, healthy, environmentally sustainable transportation alternatives for commuters. Biking to work builds morale, encourages camaraderie, and is a great way to get active in your community. Active employees are more alert, take fewer sick days, and are more productive. Most importantly, perhaps, biking reduces your carbon footprint, reduces traffic congestion, and can save you money.

As I already mentioned WalkBikeBerks will be awarding the following prizes to bicycling commuters:

Grand Prize - A gift certificate for $200 at Spokes Bike Shop good for purchase toward any in-stock bicycle.
Second Prize - A free Spokes team cycling jersey
Third Prize
- A gift certificate for $50 at Spokes Bike Shop good for purchase of any in-stock merchandise.

The Grand Prize will be raffled off to the employee of any Berks County business that has the most number of employees who bicycle to or from work during Bike To Work month of May.

The Second Prize will be awarded to any Berks County resident who has the most number of trips to or from work by bicycle during the month of May. A trip can either be from an employee’s home to work or from work to home.

The Third Prize will be awarded to any Berks County resident who has the most commuting miles to and from work by bicycle throughout the month of May.

All prizes winners will be announced and notified shortly after the end of May as results are tallied.
You can help us promote Bike To Work month in a number of ways.

1 - Announce that May is Bike To Work month to your employees and encourage them to participate in this healthy activity.
2 - Announce the prizes that WalkBikeBerks will be awarding to your employees and help track their progress.

3 - Start your own contest and award prizes to your employees!

4 - Announce to your employees to meet us at the Brentwood Trailhead on Friday May 15th at 6:45a.m. to bicycle to City Hall! Our local leaders and representatives will be present and giveaways from Power Bar will be available!

5 - Become a WalkBikeBerks corporate sponsor. All contributions are tax deductible as we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity.

Let us know you will participate! For more information about how you can help promote Bike To Work Month and track your employees' progress and submit results, please email us at! We hope to see you and your employees on your bikes in May!


Jeremy Slonaker, Treasurer
Michele D. Barrett, Board President

For more reasons to bike to work visit

In recognition of our sponsors visit

PO Box 6795

Wyomissing, PA 19610

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