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Monday, May 10, 2010

City employees finding other ways to get to work

From a story on WQOW-TV, Eau Claire:

Eau Claire (WQOW) - Eau Claire rolls out a contest to get more city employees out of their cars and onto public transportation.

May is bike month. In honor of that, Eau Claire is holding a contest called Rack n' Roll for city employees.

Wednesday morning's commute to work was unusual for Colleen Shian. She took the bus.

"I hadn't ridden the bus, I did once before, but I thought it would be fun to try and see how it worked," says Colleen Shian, City of Eau Claire Risk Manager.

Shian often thought about taking the bus to work, but never made it part of her daily routine. The three week Rack n' Roll contest gave her the extra incentive to try it out.

"The Rack n' Roll event is a great way to tie not only sustainability, but active living, physical fitness together in a fun way to come to work using maybe your bike or bus or combination there of or carpooling," says Ned Noel, City of Eau Claire Associate Planner.

Employees are given a ‘trekker card' with eight activities on it. Those eight activities are:

-Participate in a City wellness program
-Walk for 20 minutes, 5 days in a row
-Use City trail system
-Bike to work
-Use bike and bus to reach a destination
-Use City bus
-Take bus to work
-Carpool

Employees have until May 20th to do five of the eight activities. If they complete them, they are entered to win prizes such as golf lessons or passes to Fairfax Pool.

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