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Bicycle Friendly Business
Park Tool Co. | Bronze Level
Business Highlights: Park Tool has learned a lot about the needs of cyclists in the 47 years they have spent designing and manufacturing bicycle tools. Park Tool is a member of IMBA, Bikes Belong and National Bicycle Dealers Association and a generous contributor to many cycling based charities and advocacy efforts. They have created a environment which allows employees to easily transition from their cycling commute to their workday. The office is within direct access of a trail, allowing commuters a safe ride in to work. The office also provides bike commuters the Commuter Tax Benefit to incentivize employees to ride more. They have over 100 free repair help articles and videos posted on their website and a company fleet of bikes to use for their organized social rides. Park Tool organizes a cook out for lunch on Bike to Work Day every year. They also offer free bicycle maintenance for commuters including a repair station, knowledgeable maintenance person and a supply of bike tools. The company has noticed a number of benefits that come from employees cycling including improved health, better insight into emerging cycling technologies, and great camaraderie in the workplace.
Most Compelling Bike Related Accomplishment: Park Tool sponsors nearly one hundred “bicycle kitchens,” where children learn bicycle mechanic skills and bikes are repaired and re-introduced into the community. The company also sponsors many third-world bicycle efforts.
Bicycle Friendly Business℠
Level Awarded: Bronze
BFB Since: Fall 2010
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Type of Business: Manufacturing
Contact: Bill Armas