Lake Arbor Auto Launches Bike-Loaner Program

Bike to Work Day marks debut of innovative feature to benefit health, environment;
36 Commuting Solutions group recognizes value, awards grant

WESTMINSTER, Colo. (June 27, 2012) – Lake Arbor Automotive & Truck, the auto repair shop in the Denver area that cares most about its customers’ well-being, piggy-backed off a Bike-to-Work celebration to reveal the details of its innovative Bike-Loaner Program.

The Bike-Loaner Program recently came to the attention of the 36 Commuting Solutions organization, which awarded Lake Arbor Auto a full, $500 grant in recognition of the program’s potential to help solve commuting issues and benefit the environment along the Rt. 36 corridor.

Upon learning of the grant, Lake Arbor Auto Owner Dana TePoel announced that he will establish a cash-reward system for employees who continue riding their bicycles to work throughout the year. The employee who logs the most miles by June 2013 will receive a $250 bonus. Second place receives $150, and third receives $100.

“It is no secret that a healthy workforce AND a healthy customer base have a huge effect on the overall well-being of a small business like ours,” TePoel said. “While we hope the employees and customers will have fun with these biking incentives, we hope even more fervently that the program and the awards will have a positive impact on their health. Of course, the reduction in carbon emissions is a side-benefit that we can’t ignore.”

Lake Arbor Auto recently purchased several bicycles, along with locks, helmets and even child carriers, and today began making them available to customers and employees – anyone who needs them – at no charge. No other auto repair shop in the northern metropolitan Denver area offers this kind of official bike loaner program for customers.

Lake Arbor Auto customers will use the bikes to get to and from their homes or workplaces (or gym or shops!) while their vehicles are in for repair or maintenance. Of course, Lake Arbor Auto continues to offer customers a free shuttle service (motorized!), along with a free vehicle-loaner program for customers whose cars will be in the shop for an extended period.

Lake Arbor Auto customers, friends and employees, including TePoel, kicked off the Bike-Loaner Program by assembling with their bikes at nearby Stratford Lake and riding the 4 ½ miles to work, led by Westminster Police Officer Paul Newton. After the procession, additional customers joined the celebration and enjoyed a free, healthy breakfast at the Lake Arbor Auto shop at 9146 Marshall Place.

About Lake Arbor Automotive & Truck

Founded in 1992 as the Emissions Clinic, Lake Arbor Auto moved in 2006 to its current location at 9146 Marshall Place in Westminster, Colo., with a state-of-the-art facility designed for maximum customer comfort. Over a three-year period (2009-2012), Lake Arbor Auto won the following significant awards recognizing its commitment to business ethics: Bill Daniels Ethics in Business Award from the Colorado Ethics in Business Alliance, Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Marketplace Trust, Golden Ethics Award, Denver Metro Chamber Small Business of the Year (Finalist), Metro North Chamber’s Fred Factor Award and Small Businessman of the Year Award; and the Champion of Free Enterprise award from Sales Professionals International. A multiple recipient of the BBB’s Gold Star Award, Lake Arbor Auto was highlighted by Examiner.com as a “Best Local Company to Work For” in 2012. Lake Arbor Auto is a Triple-A approved repair shop and has the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence with five ASE-certified Master Technicians on staff. Lake Arbor Auto is an ASA (Automotive Service Association) national and state member, is the highest volume emissions repair facility in Colorado, and is a member of the Association of Diesel Specialists. For information call 303-429-7700 or go to www.lakearborauto.com. “We do the right thing for you every time.”