Greenlights: May 2015 Issue

Thanks for Making Bike Month 2015 Great!

We’ve had such a fantastic time during the month of May thanks to your participation in Bike Month. We’re impressed with our riders, as always, and Bike Month was no different. We’ve put together a quick wrap-up survey to see what you thought about all of our #GoSmartBike events.

And don’t forget! May isn’t the only month to get out and ride your bike. We hope to see you on two wheels and on the road all year long!

Commuter Spotlight

Featuring your neighbors & coworkers who smart commute and love it!

Carpool Buddies, Ava and Lydia – an unlikely match

Lydia  put her information into the Share the Ride website a few months ago and kind of forgot about it.  Then she got an email about a ride match with Ava through the website.  “We live kind of far out.  I did not want to get my hopes up about finding someone.  What a surprise!”  They met for lunch to talk.  Ava said “I was floored when I learned that Lydia worked two buildings away.  And stumped when I saw where she lived.  Our kids play at the same park.  We bike and walk the same greenway.  It is a small world.”

While going over the details, they were skeptical that they could make it work.  Lydia takes her son to daycare some mornings.  Ava is committed to picking up her groceries on her way home on Mondays. Plus, Ava’s kids have afterschool activities.  They decided to try it just on Wednesdays and Fridays.  Pretty soon, it became easier and they managed to work out the other days of the week with all of their “stuff”.

After one and a half years of carpooling Lydia says, “I have even learned a few shopping tricks from her.” They switch who drives about every two weeks reducing both their commuting costs. Both are registered for the Emergency Ride Home program and now track their trips for monthly and quarterly GoPerks drawings for gift cards to restaurants near home and work.

Advice from Lydia & Ava:

Ava:  “Start with, and if you can drive at least some of the time, check the box that indicated you will drive.  It will open a whole new window of opportunities.”

Lydia:  “Carpooling is easy.  Talk out what you have got going on and make it work.  I still don’t like to drive, but even more, I don’t like driving to work by myself.  Having Ava is a godsend. “

Organization Spotlight



Employer Spotlight & GoPerks Sponsor:  The Bicycle Chain

As we approach June we reflect on May and National Bike Month. The Bicycle Chain and the Clean Machine tell us why they made the decision to support this year’s GoPerks.

“As members of the cycling and the broader Triangle community, we’re committed to supporting not only people who have already transitioned part or all of their vehicular commute to cycling, but also to giving incentives for those who may be considering making the change. Cycling is much more than a recreational activity and, with the proper resources and infrastructure, more residents can consider the bicycle as a viable option for their commutes with minimal impact to their daily schedule.

We support our patrons in commuting options, including the Commute Alternative Program (CAP) at UNC offering members a discount in our stores. We offer training classes on a variety of maintenance topics the typical commuter can expect to encounter, as well as maps of local bike paths, designated cycling lanes and trail systems. We support several cycling events during the year aimed at getting more people on bikes in the Triangle.

We support our employees biking to work. If you can’t ride your bike to work at the bike shop, how can we expect anyone to ride to their office? As we have moved or remodeled our stores, we’ve built in support for staff members who choose to cycle to work – including secure bike parking at all stores, and we have added shower facilities for our staff at several locations! Also, our staff members are offered significant discounts on our lines of products, which helps them get out and ride the products they sell!”


And the GoPerks Winners are….

Barberitos – $10 Gift Card

Tiwanna Nevels-Durham County
Chris Underhill-NC Dept of Commerce

Brixx @ Cameron Village – $10 Gift Card

Mirta Mihovilovic-Duke University
Sara Levinson-UNC
Patricia Rabideau-Durham County VA

Café Carolina Bakery @ Cameron Village – $10 Gift Card

Bhavna Hora-Duke University
Desere’ Cross-UNC
Holly Leddy-Duke University
Hmellisa Mlo-UNC
Tim Hodgdon-UNC
Rebecca Duffy-City of Raleigh
Bhavna Hora-Duke University
Shannon Council-CommuteSmartRaleigh
Nely Dicheva-UNC

Cameron Bar & Grill – $10 Gift Card

Zack Cook-NCSU
Zack Cook-NCSU

Cameron Bar & Grill – $25 Gift Card

Cathy Middelberg-Pfizer

Cameron Village Gift Card – $5

Ed McLenaghan-Office of State Budget & Management
Lindale Hill-City of Raleigh
Tim Falco-Pfizer
Delores Ali-Dept of Public Instruction

Cuban Revolution – $10 Gift Card

Sarah Woodring-DukeUniversity

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit – $10 Gift Card

Stefan Oehlers-DukeUniversity
Patricia Alvarez-DukeUniversity

Faire Restaurant – $10 Gift Card

Nina Hawley-IBM
Heather Socha-UNC
Casey  Weakland-UNC

Faire Restaurant – $25 Gift Card

Alexandra Vaughn-UNC

Great Outdoor Provisions – $25 Gift Card

Kip Coonley-Duke University

Johnny Carinos – $25 Gift Card

Chuck Kelly-SAS
Roman Ahn-DukeUniversity
Robert Lasson-NCSU
Robert Lasson-NCSU

Macy’s – $50 Gift Card

John Graubman-DukeUniversity

Maggiano’s – $25 Gift Card

Courtney Hill-UNC

McDonald’s @ Cameron Village – $5 Gift Card

Bhavna Hora-DukeUniversity
Heather Durand-DukeUniversity
LaShonda Stancil-NCSU
Erich Staib-DukeUniversity

Medlin Davis Cleaners – $50

Freda Butner-Dept of Agriculture

Mura @ North Hills – $10 Gift Card

Lisa Wheeler-UNC
Chandi Quigley-DukeUniversity
Todd Delk-City of Raleigh

Mura @ North Hills – $25 Gift Card

Casey  Weakland-UNC

North Hills – $25 Gift Card

Amy Prentice-UNC
David Matesanz-DukeUniversity

Only Burger – $5 Gift Card

Lamont Burt-DukeUniversity

Only Burger – $10 Gift Card

Brandie Blount-UNC
The Oxford Restaurant – $10 Gift Card
Brenton Leanhardt-NCSU

The Oxford Restaurant – $25 Gift Card


Piccola Italia @ Cameron Village – $10 Gift Card

Colleen Herbst-DukeUniversity

Piccola Italia @ Cameron Village – $5 Gift Card

Cynthia Burt-EPA
Lamont Burt-DukeUniversity

The Pit Restaurant – $50

Rebecca Duffy-City of Raleigh

Shop Downtown Raleigh – $10 Gift Card

Patti Hanline-DukeUniversity
Lucy Medlin-Dept of Public Instruction
Ryan Duffy-DukeUniversity
Olivia Bagley-DukeUniversity

Sitti Restaurant – $50

Joyce Munro-City of Raleigh

Sweet Frog @ Chapel Hill – $10

Carol Rush-DukeUniversity
Carol Rush-Duke University
Deb MacDonald-UNC
Joseph Pearson-UNC

Tobacco Road Sport Café – $10 Gift Card

Patricia Sanders-UNC

Tyler’s Taproom – $10 Gift Card

Heather Durand-DukeUniversity

Zinda Restaurant – $25 Gift Card

Ed McLenaghan-Office of State Budget & Management


Thanks to our GoPerks sponsors!

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