I admit that I already have my dream job here at the League, but today I discovered that Kimberly-Clark is also quite dreamy. I traveled to the Neenah, Wisc., this week to visit the Bicycle Friendly Business — and was swept off my feet.
This BFB not only knows how to make bath tissue, towel dispensers, wipes and more — they also know how to keep their employees healthy and active. Riding bikes is a big part of their wellness initiative.
Wouldn’t you like to work for a company that offers a fleet of bikes for employees to ride around campus or take home for a weekend escape? One that offers a free health assessment right in your own building with a trained professional encouraging you to bike to work for the health of it? Free bike parking, showers, a bike path on campus, the Bicycle Commuter Tax Benefit, and participation in the National Bike Challenge. Dreamy, right?
I had the opportunity to visit this Fortune 500 company to talk about the future of the National Bike Challenge with Rob Gusky, Ambassador of Cycling (pictured), Suzanne Schroeder, Regional Health Services Director, K-C North America and multiple Scott Natural representatives. We talked about our shared excitement for the impending success of the 2013 Challenge and the many opportunities it holds for businesses, individuals, and advocacy groups. You will be seeing results of our conversation unfold over the lead up to the May 1 kick-off and throughout the duration of the Challenge through September 30.
Stay tuned on the many good things in store for participants this exciting year. If you can’t wait, we’ll be talking more about it at the National Bike Summit so register now to get the early-bird rate. Kimberly Clark will be there to talk about how the National Bike Challenge improves business and if you listen, maybe you too will be as smitten as me.
Alison DeweyDewey joined the League in 2008. For four years prior to that, Dewey worked for Massachusetts- based Landry’s Bicycles and served on the board of the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition. Dewey has a MA in International Relations and Communications from Boston University and is a graduate of St. Olaf College. She spent three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal.
League Program Manager, BFB & BFU