Many of us probably fall victim to not enough fresh air during the day. That’s understandable with our busy lifestyles, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
The downtown Business Bike Share program has been up and rolling since July, it combines a healthy commute, some fresh air and perhaps a new appreciation for Terre Haute. The program is slowly but surely finding local businesses interested in viewing the community in a new way.
Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce’s Kristen Craig and Century 21’s Natalie Green are going mobile.
The two are responsible for putting the downtown Business Bike Share program in motion.
“It’s just to get people out, moving, experience their community in a different way, getting them to travel around the community in a different way,” Craig said.
The two ran with the idea after a Wabash Valley Leadership Institute, finding community partners to assist.
“Natalie and I have gone on a couple of longer bike rides and it’s amazing how close things really are, we’ve ridden out to the stadium a couple of ways and it’s just really nice,” Craig said.
Century 21 is one of the first businesses to commit to the bike share, the Chamber of Commerce also has a couple of bikes and serves as the coordinator of the program.
“It’s just a nice way to get out and get a little exercise, enjoy the downtown, I know some people complain about parking, you don’t have to worry about parking if you’re on your bike,” Green said.
The program has already seen interest from 10 local businesses since late summer.
Jay’s Bikes in Terre Haute supplies bikes for the program along with training programs and Kelly Medal Company has a unique bike rack design underway for Century 21.
“Century 21 is really excited we have a bike rack coming up that’s kind of artistic and we’re excited to put it in front of our business and offer it to anyone who has a bike,” Green said.
Kelly Medal Company is willing to make bike racks for other businesses who jump on the bandwagon. Candlewood Suites and Integrity Title Services have also signed up to be a part of the program. Bike prices range from $250 to $500 from Jay’s Bikes and that includes a free tune up for each bike within the first year.