Building with Bikes in Mind: Five Things To Know

The bike boom is not slowing down and best-of-class bike parking solutions are becoming a competitive advantage. Fortunately, bike parking is a relatively small investment. Especially when you think of the astronomical cost of a parking space: typically $10,000 to $30,000 per space (see Donald Shoup’s groundbreaking book The High Cost of Free Parking for the thorough breakdown of cost factors). Then there’s the monthly maintenance cost per space — usually several hundred dollars.

It's a Hybrid Work World; Where Do Bikes Fit?

We’ve all heard that work will be different from now on: Flexible schedules; a blend of onsite and work-from-home (WFH) days per week; or, in some cases, total annihilation of the physical office. And as transportation professionals, we’re all anxious to know how this new work frontier will affect the commute.

Would you go back to the office if your company provided an e-bike?

As tech companies look to lure workers back to office, some are offering incentives to make the daily commute a little more tolerable. That sometimes means making it easier to commute by bicycle or, increasingly, e-bike—a mode of transport that exploded during the pandemic.

Built for Bikes

During the pandemic, people turned to bikes – for recreation, for health, and for a safe way to get around. Slow streets have transformed cities across the country. Municipalities are improving bike infrastructure and requiring more bike parking. Bike sales and service are the highest they’ve been in years and e-bike sales are off the charts. This will have a positive impact on your commercial and mixed-use developments – if you plan for it now.

A Post Pandemic Bike World Explained

Now — possibly more than any other time in recent history — is the best time to nudge people to use pedal-power. Check out our guide on strategies for shifting people to bikes during this time, including a Bikes Make Life Better video series.

Make Room for E-Bikes At Your Worksite

Given the post-pandemic landscape, we strongly believe e-bikes will be an effective tool in fighting the back-to-work carmageddon. The reasons are multifold: E-bikes are naturally a socially-distanced mode; they’re on-demand and efficient — riders aren’t beholden to bus schedules and won’t get stuck in traffic; and they’re an equalizer — they work well for those who don’t think of themselves as cyclists; aren’t in tip-top physical shape; have a commute that’s longer than a few miles; or need to haul kiddos and groceries.

Bike Commute Makeover

If you’ve never tried riding to work before, but are excited to give it a go when your workplace is open, tell us why you’d be a good candidate and you could win a bike commute makeover. You provide the can-do attitude, and we’ll provide the bike, gear, route help, education, and more!

Pandemic Bike Joy

During the past year, our friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues have shared countless stories about finding joy while riding a bike. Here is our effort to collect those stories and to amplify the joy. If you’d like to share your story about finding joy on two wheels, we’d love to include it in the collection.

How to Launch a Successful Corporate E-Bike Loaner Program

Given the post-pandemic landscape, we strongly believe e-bikes will be an effective tool in fighting the back-to-work carmageddon. The reasons are multifold: E-bikes are naturally a socially-distanced mode; they’re on-demand and efficient — riders aren’t beholden to bus schedules and won’t get stuck in traffic; and they’re an equalizer — they work well for those who don’t think of themselves as cyclists; aren’t in tip-top physical shape; have a commute that’s longer than a few miles; or need to haul kiddos and groceries.

5 Ways to Fight the SOV-Backslide

We know that the most appealing commute modes in a post-shelter-in-place world will be ones that feel safe and separated from others. And although we hope that employees won’t opt to drive alone, we certainly understand the impulse to “steel” themselves against a scary and little-understood virus. However, there are ways to nudge employees to choose the healthy, socially-distanced option: Biking! See five ways employers can help fight the SOV backslide.

Bike (Back) to Work: How to Motivate Employees to Ride Now and When Offices Re-Open

Now — possibly more than any other time in recent history — is the best time to nudge people to use pedal-power. Check out our guide on strategies for shifting people to bikes during this time, including a Bikes Make Life Better video series.

Bike Love in the Time of COVID-19

There’s a good chance your world has shrunk due to COVID-19. Your work has been disrupted. The situation is certainly dire, but it’s not without silver linings. For instance, now — possibly more than any other time in recent history — is the perfect time to bike, either for the first time or the first time in awhile.

Bikes Make Life Better Turns 10!

We’re popping the champagne to celebrate ten years of bikes making life better! It seems like just yesterday that we landed our first client (one of the most influential companies on the planet too!) and did a happy dance around our "office" aka kitchen table. We’re incredibly grateful to have made it this far, and couldn’t have done it without … YOU!

Get Women on Wheels at Your Workplace

Want more people to ride bikes for transportation? Start focusing your efforts on women! Women are the “indicator species” when it comes to adequate and safe bike infrastructure, and research shows that in places where more women ride, more people in general ride.

E-Bikes Make Life Faster, the Commuter Challenge Edition

Hi, I’m Kurt. I’m one of the founders of Bikes Make Life Better. I spend most of my time managing the company, which sometimes means heading to Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park where we run a large bike program.

Meet Our Mobile Bike Info Centers

We love bikes and are crazy about them when they do double duty! Think pedicabs with a sound system, a blender bike making smoothies or a roving conference table! That’s why we jumped when Stanford Research Park asked us to create a mobile, eye-catching, and flexible solution to take bike-related info to 30,000 employees at 150 companies spread out over roughly three square miles.

The Cycling Gender Gap and How to Bridge It

Given that women make just 25 percent of all bicycling trips, it's hard to believe that about a century ago, the bicycle was instrumental in achieving greater gender parity in this country. But all is not lost: We have strategies to help you close the biking gender gap at your organization, and get more women on wheels!

Salesforce Bike Facility: A total transformation

Before, bike commuters working in the Salesforce West building, located in the heart of San Francisco's financial district, parked their bikes in a drab garage room. Now they park next to tall pines and rolling hills. A cast of animal characters keeps watch. Check out the before and after transformation of Salesforce's newest bike facility!

Wellness Programs: The data, the impact, and the case for bikes

Wellness perks and programs have become a mainstay for corporations everywhere, from the conditional — like discounts on premiums for employees who score well on health assessments, to gentle nudges — like voluntary group fitness at work or workplace meditation rooms. Learn how to make the case and incorporate bikes!

How to ride in the rain - Your guide to weathering the Alaskan Way Viaduct Closure

Since transportation is the largest source of carbon emissions in the US—most of which come from cars—the path to saving our home and (quite frankly) our lives is to change how we get around.

The Wild World of Bikes 2019

Since transportation is the largest source of carbon emissions in the US—most of which come from cars—the path to saving our home and (quite frankly) our lives is to change how we get around.

How to Provide Bike Shop Services Without Dedicated Space

Some large companies have prioritized cycling and have dedicated on-site bike shops. While that’s amazing for employees who need a bike, a bike repair or help with their commute, most employers simply don’t have the physical space. But, no worries! There are creative ways to offer bike services without having a permanent real estate for it. Here are our favorites.

Bike Perks & Incentives for Your Employees

Who wouldn’t want to work for a company that pays employees $1,000 a year not to drive to work? Or lets employees decompress on an in-house cyclocross course? Or gives employees personal bikes? See what companies all over the world are doing to motivate their employees to ride with great incentives.

The Rise of E-Bikes

E-bikes are one of the fastest growing categories of bicycle sales in the U.S., with 80% more e-bikes sold in 2017 over 2016 (approx. 260,000 units). What’s the reality behind this explosive growth and how is it driving change for people and our industry?

Facebook’s Westlake Wheelhouse

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Facebook has continued to prioritize biking company-wide by opening its first full-service bike shop in a field office at its new South Lake Union digs in Seattle. The shop is really just the focal point though; just outside is an area to store personal bikes, a drying room for damp gear, showers, lockers, everything a daily cyclist would need to feel the love.

Bike Parking: Smart Developers Build for Bikes (And Their Owners)

Meet Jeff. He’s a 25-year old engineer who works long hours…

The Year Of The Bike: Our 2017 Predictions For Bike Commuting

By many accounts, 2016 was a challenging year—one that political…

Lucky Brand’s bikeshare: The road to health never looked this good

I love all my pairs of Lucky Brand jeans. Indigo blue lowrise,…

E-bikes: Changing how we move

How do we know the dawn of e-bikes is upon us? Well there’s…

Bike Share Programs Build Better Business

What does it mean when Facebook and Target both earn recognition as Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Businesses, a designation held by fewer than a dozen companies nationwide?

Company bike programs help recruit talent

Companies need to offer commute alternatives to driving solo if they want to attract and retain top talent. Especially Millennials.

Corporate Bike Fleets: Risky Business?

We often think first of the risks: Bike accidents. Injured employees. Lost, stolen, and vandalized bikes. It’s a wonder that any corporation, government agency or university has implemented a bike fleet. Yet the best and brightest have – and have done so successfully.

Bike-to-Work Day Momentum

It was Bike-to-Work Day  here in the San Francisco Bay Area and thousands of cyclists hit the streets. It felt like Amsterdam, where bikes outnumbered cars, in some instances by as much as 3 to 1.

Bike Commuting: the fastest route to employee health

We’re fat. We’re lazy. And we’re expensive. Sixty-one percent of adults in the US are overweight or obese and 70% are sedentary. Our sedentary lifestyle is making us unhealthy and costing us a lot of money.

Bike Share Programs for People, Planet and Profit: sustainability at its best

Have you noticed the words “sustainable” and “sustainability” everywhere? They’ve made their way into popular culture—in magazines, on billboards and well, toilet paper packaging. But what do they mean and why should we care?

Bicycles as Employee Gifts

Two years ago, Ikea did something revolutionary (quite literally). They gave every one of their 12,400 U.S. workers a bike as a holiday gift.

Facebook: a bike share program worth liking

Status update: Facebook has an amazing bike program. While the high-tech giant has had a dedicated group of cyclists since its early days, the company didn’t have much of a bike share program ­– until this past year.

Campus Bikes: Become a Bike Friendly University

Stanford and UC-Davis are known for their bike-friendly campuses. Is that just because they’re in Northern California, where cycling year-round is do-able?

Bike Friendly Businesses

Today the League of American Bicyclists announces 71 new Bicycle Friendly Businesses. Among them are some of the Bay Area’s best and brightest companies, such as Facebook, Apple, and Williams-Sonoma.

Bike share programs momentum: where will it take us?

When people hear that I’m a bicycle consultant, the first thing they tell me is about their trip to Paris, exploring the entire city on a Vélib bike or about how they used Capital Bikeshare to get to a meeting in DC. It’s rare to meet someone today who has not heard of, seen, or used bike sharing.

Cycle Chic: Dress for the Destination

Tips for women who want to look good both on and off the bike.

Williams-Sonoma Bike Fleet: the perfect tool for the job

I’m not much of a cook, but I marvel every time I set foot into a Williams-Sonoma store.

The real reason people ride bikes: Forget calorie and carbon reduction

Over a recent 48-hour period, I read three seemingly unrelated things that converged in an “Aha! Moment” on why people ride bicycles—from the traffic-jammed streets of Manhattan to the trails of the Bay Area.

How to keep your bike safe

I love bikes and often fantasize about the sleek, sexy city bike I’m gonna have some day. You know, the one with the paint job you want to lick or the components you can’t keep your hands off.

Mozilla’s bike share program: momentum to their mission

Promoting openness, innovation and opportunity on the Internet. That’s Mozilla’s mission.

How the world’s coolest companies win using bike fleets

In recent years, hundreds of cities worldwide have rolled out bike share programs, putting bikes where people need them for short, fast trips.

Bike Commuters: Get Data, Get Busy!

When the Prius hit the road, it changed how people drove. It turns out that seeing our energy consumption in real-time actually motivates us to drive better. Gauges in cars, heart rate monitors and power meters on athletes – they all do the same thing – they get us tuned into and excited about our performance.

Bike Commuters: ask women what they want

Ladies, did you know that in the world of bike commuting, we're an "indicator species"? Yep, it's true. A large body of research suggests that the best strategy for boosting the number of people who choose to get around by bike is to ask women what they want. How 'bout that?

See and be seen – on your bike

Have you noticed? The days are getting shorter. And with the change in Daylight Savings, we’re all in for a dark commute.

Ikea Gives 12,400 US Workers a New Bike

I'm sitting in my office at Bikes Make Life Better World Headquarters, at my Ikea desk, looking at my Ikea bookcase, rifling through papers in my Ikea file cabinet when the following message pops up on my computer: "Ikea Gives 12,400 US Workers a New Bike"