ACT may be known for making stu- dents sweat over its college exams,
but the organization also encourages
employees to arrive to its Iowa City, IA
campus huffing and puffing on their
The push to create a bike culture
started over 10 years ago when the first
racks were installed, notes Brad Spillman,
Senior Facilities Manager. ACT gathered
input from cyclists to determine which
rack style would be the best option.
Outdoor loop racks are located at the
main entrances of all four buildings and
hold 5-10 bikes. Several prime stalls in
the parking lot have also been converted
for racks. Though work hours are typically during the day, the racks are well
lit in the evening and are also in the line
of surveillance cameras for added safety,
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STAY storage provided by facilities management, the company encourages biking
for all employees rather than just the
commuters, says Sandy Stewart, Wellness Manager. ACT holds several events
each year that include group rides, workshops, a bike to work week, and teams
participating in the National Bike Challenge. Temporary bike racks made of
conduit are placed around the property
to accommodate the influx of riders.
In recent years, the company has
continued to expand options for bikers.
This includes installing a repair platform
equipped with tools so bikers can make
emergency repairs, notes Spillman.
Within the last few months, the company
renovated a space for a wellness center
with showers and locker rooms.
“The lack of facilities was an obstacle
for bikers, walkers, and runners alike,”
says Stewart. “This new feature will en-
able more employees to support healthy
habits at work.”
Though biking has become a fixture
at ACT in the last decade, Spillman and
Stewart are looking ahead to main-
tain and grow that enthusiasm. Up for
consideration – covered bike storage.
Particularly for its Iowa office, lockers will
shield bikes from inclement weather and
keep snow at bay for winter riders. An
incentive program that includes rewards
for bikers is also in the works.
LOOP-STYLE RACKS and a repair station (above) are available to riders at the ACT
campus in Iowa. Temporary racks (below) are installed for large events.
BY JENNIE MORTON