IKEA gives bikes to all its U.S. employees

Yes, all the IKEA workers at their Canton store are getting a free bike this year. In fact all 12,400 IKEA US workers are getting bikes this year.

From their press release:

“It’s been a good year for IKEA, so what better way to celebrate our success than to thank our IKEA co-workers who made this happen. Our big reveal today will be a fun day as we unload 12,400 new bikes at IKEA US locations. This is our way of saying ‘thanks IKEA co-workers for being strongly committed to working together.’ We hope this bike will be taken in the spirit of the season while supporting a healthy lifestyle and everyday sustainable transport,” commented Mike Ward, IKEA US President.

With a strong commitment to good health and being environmentally conscious, IKEA selected an all terrain bike as the holiday co-worker gift for 2010. What makes it even more special is that the delivery of bikes is a total surprise for all co-workers.

Why a bike? Because when it comes to sustainable transport, a bicycle is a great option. And when it comes to healthy living, riding a bike is one of the best cardio forms of exercise.

The giveaway was announced yesterday. The bikes have arrived at the Canton store.

It would be interesting to see if this investment in their employees resulted in a healthier workforce with reduced health care costs.

Via Bike Portland


3 Responses to “IKEA gives bikes to all its U.S. employees”

  1. Andrew Mutch Says:

    Too bad there’s no good way to get to the IKEA in Canton from the I-275 pathway for those employees who might bike commute to the store. Unless you’re a local resident, there’s no pathway that connects the store to area pathways.

  2. Dylan Bailey Says:

    Well Canton is the town responsible for the big hole in Metro Detroit’s transit. A bus ride from downtown Detroit to Ann Arbor could happen if it weren’t for them. So I usually get off in Wayne and ride to Ypsi through Canton. I get sworn at a lot there.

    More reasons to avoid the burbs.

  3. Todd Scott Says:

    It is disappointing that given IKEA’s talk about sustainability, they locate their store where they did. Had they walked-the-walk they would have redeveloped a brownfield in an area with greater density (and transit!)

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