Commuter Program

Help Your Commuters Rack Miles, Credits and Glory with Greenlightride.com

GreenlightrideOur free Greenlightride.com bike-commuting app makes it easy for anyone to track mileage, build credits, and participate on competitive teams similar to QBP's Commuter Bike League. For more information about incorporating commuting incentives at your workplace, contact Alice Erickson, Commuter Advocacy Coordinator at QBP: aerickso@qbp.com.



Calculating Credits

QBP awards credit points to transportation modes that:

  1. Use bicycles, increase product knowledge and promote the products we sell—4 points
  2. Promote good health—3 points
  3. Lower environmental impact—3 points
  4. Reduce the need for parking—2 points
  5. Ease traffic congestion—1 point

Naturally, being in the bike business, we award top points to bicycles. Bike commuters ring bells in each of the five categories above, earning 13 points for riding five miles or more in a single direction. That translates into five commuter credits, totaling 10 credits for the round trip. Other forms of transportation are scored on the same scale. See the table for details.

Commuter Scores
Mode Bikes Health Eviro Park Traffic Total
Bike over 5 miles 4 3 3 2 1 13
Bike under 5 miles but rider exceeds 5 miles by riding more 4 3 3 2 1 13
Bike over 5 miles with electric assist 4 3 2 2 1 12

Car Pool: Driver +3 passengers or more

0 0 3 6 3 12
Bike under 5 miles 4 2 3 2 1 12
Walk, skate, ski, run, etc. 1 3 3 2 1 10
Bike under 5 miles with electric assist 4 1 2 2 1 10
Bike primarily with electric assist 4 0 2 2 1 9
Car Pool: Driver +2 passengers 0 0 2 4 2 8
Bus 0 1 2 2 1 6
Car Pool: Driver + 1 passenger 0 0 1 2 1 4
Car Pool Passenger 0 0 1 2 0.5 3.5
Motorcycles 0 0 1 2 0.5 3.5
Car that gets more than 50 mpg 0 0 1 0 0 1

*NOTE: Any commuter who reaches 30 credits in a week gets an extra 10% of total credits for that week

Determining Credit Values

Add up the scores for each rider, using this convenient table to calculate total commuter credits. We give people .30 cents per commuter credit for each one-way trip. So if they bike over 5 miles each direction, they receive $3.00 in commuter credits each day.

Total Points Commuter Credits
13 5
11-12 4
9-10 3
4-8 2
2 or 3 1
1 0

Turn Up the Heat with a Commuter Bike League

Want to inspire more of your employees to bike? Add a little friendly competition to the mix. After we launched the Commuter Bike League (CBL), bike commuting at QBP increased dramatically. Ten teams of riders compete to log the most commuter miles per week. Apart from helping QBP achieve its environmental goals, the CBL builds camaraderie and team spirit, bringing people together from across the organization. The League has proven so popular we had to create a waiting list for would-be road warriors. To learn more about creating a Commuter Bike League contact Seth Nesselhuf, QBP CBL Organizer at snesselh@qbp.com. You can also read our news story on the Press & Awards page of our site.

Creating a Bike Friendly Infrastructure

We support our Commuter Program by providing bike racks, locker rooms with showers, and a tool shop where cyclists can maintain and repair their bikes. During construction of the new building, we redeveloped the entrance to Hyland Lake Preserve—which is adjacent to QBP—making its bike trails more accessible to employees. We also added eight parking spaces in our lot designated for park users from the general public.

Resources for Creating a Commuter Program

Education is part of our company's mission, so we are glad to provide you with details and resources for structuring your commuter program. Contact Alice Erickson, Commuter Advocacy Coordinator: aerickso@qbp.com.