Town buying bikes for employees to use for short trips

  • LEDE / 1 of 1--Windsor planning department employees Pauletta Cangson (left) and Sheila Wolski (both CQ) illustrate the use of city bikes to deliver documents to the Windsor Corporation Yard. March 3, 2008. The Press Democrat / Jeff Kan Lee

In what may be a first for Sonoma County, the town of Windsor is buying bicycles for some of its employees to go about their jobs.

Windsor recently bought two bikes for its Planning Department employees to use in their work. Four more bicycles will be ordered for Public Works employees to use in the performance of their duties.

The intent is to cut down on greenhouse gases.

"If you're a town employee and riding a bike, you are not riding in a town vehicle and using fossil fuels," said Planning Director Peter Chamberlin, who's pedaled short distances to check on project sites. "I enjoy doing it."

"I did it in heels," Assistant Town Manager Christa Johnson said of her recent 3-mile round-trip peddle from Town Hall to a meeting at the fire department.

Like other cities in Sonoma County, Windsor is committed to reducing greenhouse gases in an attempt to address global warming.

The bicycles are one method, along with a commitment to buy hybrid and electric vehicles.

Other cities also have hybrid cars. And Santa Rosa has police officers on downtown bike patrol as well as bikes for employees to use on-site at the Llano Road wastewater treatment plant.

But Windsor is taking it a step further by having rank-and-file employees use bikes when appropriate on city streets.

The $700 Giant brand bicycles were purchased at Windsor Bicycle Center, an effort to keep the money in the community.

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