Mark McCrea steers his bike over to meet Joel Dentlinger as they park their bikes before going to work at Pella Corp. on May 18.
Mark McCrea steers his bike over to meet Joel Dentlinger as they park their bikes before going to work at Pella Corp. on May 18.

May 25, 2018

Pella Corp. employees aired up their tires, buckled their helmets and rode along the road as the sun began to peer over the hills on National Bike to Work Day May 18.

This year, they weren’t just getting in some extra exercise but also raising money to improve local biking trails around the Carroll area.

Every year, Pella Corp. in Carroll participates in National Bike to Work Day but also puts together a fundraiser to raise money for local people or organizations.

Last year, Pella raised money for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention after Zack Fox, a manager at Pella, died by suicide.

For this year’s fundraiser, Pella decided to give back to local cyclists by raising money for the 33-mile Sauk Rail Trail that connects Black Hawk State Park in Lake View and Swan Lake State Park south of Carroll.

Tracy Buck, who works in maintenance and purchasing at Pella Corp., is on the Carroll County Conservation Board and said the board wants to use the money raised to improve the pavement along the trail and do some bridge improvement.

“The trail is a big thing for our community,” Buck said. “At 3 to 5 in the afternoon, you go out to Swan Lake and see how many people use the trails.”

Pella Corp. sold T-shirts for $15, raising about $1,500 for the Sauk Rail Trail. The company also raffled off two Sauk Trail passes and a bike worth about $600 Pella Corp. bought at cost from Iowa Small Engine in Carroll, Buck said.

Buck said the day is about being active and getting out of the normal daily routine.

It’s just a good activity to get the employees to do something unusual and get on their bikes and be a little healthier,” he said.