“We serve customers who engage in human powered pursuits- climbing, paddling, skiing, hiking, and biking,” said the company’s founder and president, Paul Fish.
Spokane Valley, WA (PRWEB) November 09, 2012
Outdoor retailer Mountain Gear has always been committed to alternative commuting and today the company released the annual numbers that express the strength of that commitment. In the four month period starting May 1, and ending August 31, Mountain Gear employees commuted by bicycle 453 times.
The company recognized three individuals who racked up an impressive number of days in the saddle. They are Anthony Mata with 83 days, Gerry Schuldt with 80 days, and Karla Whitfield with 57 days.
“We serve customers who engage in human powered pursuits- climbing, paddling, skiing, hiking, and biking,” said the company’s founder and president, Paul Fish. “This human powered ethic determines the services we provide, the products we carry, the public image we convey, and the content we create. Many of my employees express that spirit every time they commit to an alternate means of transportation,” Fish said.
Access and education are a big part of Mountain Gear’s commitment to its bicycle commuters. Every spring, the company offers a zero percent financing agreement and the power of a group buy to help employees afford their two-wheeled commuter ride. When the bikes arrive, the company’s more advanced cyclists assemble, fit, and tune the new bikes for their coworkers.
In Mountain Gear’s spacious and sunny common area, experienced riders share tips on safe and effective bicycle commuting routes with less experienced riders over a cup of coffee and it’s not unusual to see the company’s vice-president, Dave Noonan, studying an Excel spreadsheet while still wearing the yellow and black jersey from his morning ride.
While the company today celebrated its bicycle commuters, the commitment to alternate commuting runs deeper still. The company works with the Spokane Transit Authority to offer discounted bus passes and there is preferential parking for hybrid and electric cars and for employees who carpool.
The alternative commuting community has paid attention over the years. Mountain Gear’s progressive corporate culture has earned Silver Status from the League of American Bicyclists as a Bicycle-Friendly Business.
About Mountain Gear:
Mountain Gear is the place to go for all your outdoor gear needs including footwear, climbing gear, camping gear, snow gear, and more. Mountain Gear offers a comprehensive web site, catalog as well as a retail store in Spokane, Washington, with all the gear you need for:
- Climbing & Mountaineering
- Backpacking & Camping
- Canoeing & Kayaking
- Backcountry & Telemark Skiing