CT Rides Week at Bigelow Tea
 
This year, Governor Dannel Malloy declared that May 11th through May 15th was CT Rides Week and encouraged all solitary drivers to try alternative methods of transportation when traveling or working within the State of Connecticut – even if it for just one day that week. Drivers were asked to take advantage of various ride sharing options including bus, train, bike, or by joining a carpool or vanpool.
Sharing a ride can have a huge impact on Connecticut’s air quality. An individual switching a 20-mile round trip commute to public transportation can decrease annual CO2 emissions by 4,800 pounds per year. Additionally, sharing a ride can afford a variety of benefits to commuters including saving money on the cost of maintaining personal vehicles and the cost of parking, providing some protection from the rising cost of fuel and a less stressful commute.
 
Bigelow Tea accepted the challenge and we did our best to promote this event and make it fun for our employees. We posted signs prior to CT Rides week and Marsha Aarons from CT Rides, was on site to help us kick off the week. We created pledge cars and had employees take pictures to highlight their adventure. In addition we also maintained a running log of how many miles we had saved from being driven.
 
All those who participated and shared a picture were eligible to enter a raffle combined with prizes donated by both CT Rides and Bigelow Tea. In addition to the gift cards from Starbucks and Stop & Shop that CT Rides offered, Bigelow Tea also contributed their own prizes of a car bicycle rack and a pair of tickets to Grand Central Terminal.
 

At the end of the week, over 32% of the employees at Bigelow Tea participated in CT Rides week. This helped us save 2040 miles from being driven. In addition, CT Rides informed us that we had won a state wide award by being the company with the highest participation rate in the entire State of Connecticut. Ed Perzanowski, Operation Manager from CT Rides was on hand at Bigelow to present us with our award. Bigelow Tea is proud of all our great employees who participated and our award is currently on display.