Great-West Life unveils bike pavilion for head office employees

The Great-West Life Assurance Co. is providing a bike pavilion to employees who commute on two wheels to its head office in Winnipeg.

With storage for up to 162 bicycles, the covered pavilion spans 1,800 square feet. It features a two-tier rack system to store the bikes, a pneumatic lift to help employees get their bicycle to the top rack, as well as a tune-up station and tools for any repairs workers may need to do.

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“Biking to work has really taken off in recent years, and for good reason — it’s a great way to stay fit, have fun and reduce your carbon footprint,” said Annastasia Lambert, manager of wellness services at Great-West Life, in a news release.

“Our new bike pavilion is about ensuring cycling is accessible and secure for all employees.

“We want to empower people with active transportation alternatives as part of our overall commitment to investing in the financial, physical and mental wellness of our workforce.”

For employees who cycle throughout the year, the pavilion is open all year long and can withstand Winnipeg winters.

“We set out to design a bike storage system with increased capacity, security and simplicity,” said Don Lecuyer, vice-president of corporate properties at Great-West Life.

“The response has been fantastic. We’re seeing more and more bikes in the pavilion each day.”

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