Sunday, December 17, 2006

Ikea Gives Folding Bikes to UK Employees

Ikea Gives Folding Bikes to 9000 UK Employees

Ikea's haul it away furniture kits virtually require an automobile to shop at their superstores but yesterday the Swedish Furniture retailer gave away 9000 folding bicycles to all its UK employees as Christmas Gifts. In addition UK employees will be eligible for a 15% subsidy for the cost of taking public transportation to work.

Over on our side of the pond, Ikea is probably better known for generating gridlock, especially at its Plymouth Meeting store. However it appears that the Cross County Trail connection from Ikea to the Schuylkill River Trail is only weeks away. In the past two weeks construction crews have begun paving the trail along Plymouth Creek from the SRT in Conshohocken at least a half mile north to the Blue Route underpass. That's about 0.8 miles from the 1.2 mile long existing trail between the Metroplex Shopping Area and Ikea.

Let's hope Ikea takes the lead in Plymouth Meeting and encourages their employees ride the bike, take the bus or both.

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