L.L.Bean employees have always shared in the beliefs of our founder, Leon Leonwood Bean: to be passionate about the outdoors and protect the environment. It’s our common bond here in Freeport. In 2013, a retail Outdoor Discovery Schools manager, Bill Y., successfully organized a bicycle commuting team to ride back and forth to work. The team quickly grew to 26 riders, logging more than 18,000 miles. Bill explains, “I put this team together because I wanted L.L.Bean to develop a formal commuter team – and biking has many great benefits.” Together, the group estimates they saved nearly $5,000 in fuel costs and reduced over 15,000 pounds of harmful C02 emissions.
May is National Bike Month and the commuter team is gearing up for another summer of scenic riding, improving their health and reducing their carbon footprint. To celebrate National Bike to Work Day on May 16, the team is forming a “bike train” of riders who’ll meet up at varying locations along a pre-planned route and cycle to work together. Designated “engineers” and “cabooses” (riders who ensure safety of the group) will leave from surrounding towns. Bill goes on to say, “These trains are great for inspiring new riders to commute – and by joining one, employees learn the best routes and safe biking techniques.”
We encourage you to participate in National Bike Month or National Bike to Work Day and discover the many benefits of cycling. If you’re interested in getting started, see our full selection of bicycles and cycling gear for every skill level. If you have questions or would like more information, our bike experts are available at 1-877-755-2326.