Bicycle Friendly Business
Thirteen Businesses Honored with New Designation
The League of American Bicyclists announced the first winners of its new Bicycle Friendly Business designation. The Bicycle Friendly Business program assists companies and organizations of all sizes in developing bicycle commuting programs and incentives for their employees and recognizes them for their efforts to promote bicycling. Thirteen businesses from across the country--from natural food manufacturers, to planning and design firms, and independent bicycle dealers--were recognized by the League today at the Interbike Expo in Las Vegas, NV.
"We are delighted to launch this exciting BFB program at Interbike and to be able to recognize the efforts of some incredible companies – both within and outside the bicycle industry – with our first round of awards," said League President Andy Clarke. "These companies are offering their employees the kind of benefits and quality of life improvements that are priceless in terms of loyalty, productivity and the environment. They are also delivering real bottom-line benefits by having fitter and healthier staff."
Award winners this round were:
Alta Planning + Design, Portland, Ore
Clif Bar & Company, Berkeley, Calif.
Landry's Bicycles, Boston, MA
Quality Bicycle Products, Bloomington, MN
Community Cycles, Boulder, Co
Ecology Action, Santa Cruz, Calif.
REI - Northbrook, Ill Store
California Giant Berry Farms, Watsonville, CA
EasyStreet Online Services, Beaverton, OR
Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission, Roanoke, VA
Santa Cruz Seaside Company, Santa Cruz, CA
Urban AdvenTours, Boston, MA
Whatcom Council of Governments, Bellingham, WA
Honorable Mentions were given to:
Atlassian, San Francisco,Calif.
Beckmann's Bakery, Santa Cruz, Calif.
Geo. H. Wilson, Inc., Santa Cruz, Calif.
National Park Service, Midwest Regional Office, Omaha, NE
Sprinkle Consulting, Inc., Lutz, FL
Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc., Watertown MA
Any company can apply for a Bicycle Friendly Business designation - Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum – by filling out the application. The application covers infrastructure issues, like secure bike parking and employee changing areas, incentives provided by employers, instruction and reminders to ride safely and methodology for employers track progress and increase participation.
League of American Bicyclists staffers are available to consult with individual companies and offer suggestions on program development. Rising fuel and health care prices for businesses of all sizes have combined to provide appropriate timing for the new Bicycle Friendly Businesses initiative. “Businesses across the nation are rising to the challenge of reducing their carbon footprint and improving the health of their employees," Clarke said. "We are excited to be able to provide a roadmap to help achieve both these goals, and to recognize those companies that are leading the way.”
For more information on Bicycle Friendly Business, including the application process, criteria for designation and a toolkit for best practices, click here.
The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of 57 million American cyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information or to support the League, visit www.bikeleague.org
The Bicycle Friendly Business program is generously supported by program sponsors Bikes Belong and Trek Bicycle Corporation.
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