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Grand Central Supports Pedal Power

Head Baker Mel Darbyshire (right) pedals through Iowa cornfields on her annual week-long bike tour!

Susan Walsh, our Burien cafe manager, is one of the top riders in her age group on the Northwest enduro and downhill mountain bike racing circuit.


Bike month is here! Our employees are saddling up for bike challenges in Seattle and Portland and we’re excited to share our love of cycling with our customers through May and beyond.

Laura Schmitt, Brand and HR assistant, fuels her 13-mile commute and weekend cyclocross races with Grand Central Peanut Butter Cookies! Check out her cycling adventures as a Pearl Izumi Brand Ambassador – @lauraschmitty on Instagram.

How do we support pedal power?

Group rides with Grand Central employees are the best! Ready to do more for Bike Month 2018.

We give out free baguettes on Bike to Work Day/Bike Everywhere Day.

Visit us by bike on Friday, May 18th, at any Grand Central location in Portland and Seattle and show us your helmet to get a free Rustic Baguette, while supplies last.

We provide employees with a bike commuting benefit.

Grand Central offers $20 per month reimbursement for any bike-related expenses to any employee in the company.

We deliver bread by bike.

In Portland, B-Line cargo trikes ferry fresh loaves to restaurants in downtown and close-in neighborhoods daily. This helps create a more sustainable, livable community for all.

We support bike advocacy groups.

Since 2005, when we first signed up for Portland’s Bike Commute Challenge (and came in first place), we have donated to the BTA/The Street Trust for every rider who participates; last year it was $630. This year, we’re participating in Portland’s Bike More Challenge as well as Seattle’s Bike Everywhere Challenge and will donate to The Street Trust and to Washington Bikes on behalf of every employee who logs at least one ride.

Wait, there’s more

We bike to work! Our office and bread production bakery in Northwest Portland has close to a dozen avid bike commuters, including three of our owners. Café employees cycle (and walk) to every location for convenience, exercise and to avoid traffic and parking snarls, especially Pioneer Square.

We bike outside of work! Burien café manager Susan Walsh discovered mountain bike racing at the ripe old age of 51, and regularly finishes on the podium as she hits the race circuit around the Northwest.

Laura Schmitt, our brand and HR assistant, is an avid mountain biker and cyclocross/road racer as well as a brand ambassador for Pearl Izumi, a cycling apparel company.

Our head baker Mel Darbyshire is an eight-time RAGBRAI finisher! (That’s short for the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, an annual weeklong tour across the state of Iowa that attracts riders from all over the country and beyond. This summer is the 45th RAGBRAI, and Mel will be there.