Across the world on May 18, employees at TI sites took part in Bike to Work Day. It’s a time when workers shun their automobiles and instead trek to work on two wheels. More than 400 TI employees in 14 countries participated.
“When you commute to work, you’re by yourself – unless you commute as a group,” said Sharon Blazey Wagner, an IT project manager who also volunteers as TI Cycling Coordinator. “Most everyone’s schedules aren’t firm enough to bike every day, so this is a great opportunity to schedule one day on your calendar, block time out and meet up with other cyclists to share tips in person and just shake hands with someone who likes to bike, too.”
Wagner, who lives in Rowlett, Texas, first took part in TI’s Bike to Work Day in 2008. Her one-way commute is 12 miles, and Wagner admits she might bike to work more often if it wasn’t for early morning conference calls. On the weekends, Wagner said she bikes 40-60 miles.
Three sites in the Dallas area – which had 87 participants – feted employees who participated with breakfast snacks. Texins Activity Centers opened up their showers for those who wanted to freshen up before going to the office, and riders at South Campus were able to take advantage of recently installed showers. In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, TIers wore matching cycling jerseys as they rode safely alongside a motorcycle escort.
“Biking to work provides a good sense of accomplishment,” Wagner said. “You’re doing something healthy and helping the environment.”
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