Last year, around the same time I became Between You and Me: There’s more to sustainability than Reduce-Reuse-Recycle, and interested in what our SAP office in Vancouver was doing to support sustainable initiatives, our Green Team was busy promoting “Bike to Work.” Bike to Work month/week/day is a movement that has really caught fire in North America, and usually takes place in May or June each year.
SAP Vancouver took part in the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition’s (VACC) Bike to Work challenge, and won handily with more employees biking to work than any other local businesses in Vancouver. Besides bragging rights, the Vancouver Green Team was awarded two standard bikes for winning the challenge.
Great! But who gets to keep these bikes? True to this team’s panache for innovative-thinking, and a laser-focus on SAP’s commitment to sustainable business practices, the Green Team recently introduced the “SAPBikes program.”
Rather than give these bikes to individuals, the SAPBikes program makes these bikes “on demand” and “on premise.” Any of our colleagues can then reserve these bikes for a ride during lunch time, or to run a quick errand. Visitors to our office can also take advantage of these bikes if they choose not to take a taxi to and from their hotel each day. The benefits of this program include better health for participants, non-polluting and more enjoyable way to get around the city. I think the fun-factor will win our colleagues over!
What’s next for SAPBikes and the Vancouver Green Team? We’ve connected with other SAP offices around the world, and will share our success with others. And yes, we’ll need more bikes!