Business FAQ & Resources
Read through these Resources and FAQs to learn more about the program and how to apply.
When bicycling is infused in an office or corporate culture, great things happen. People who are encouraged to commute by bike to and from work, run errands by bike, take a spin at lunchtime, or bike in their leisure time perform better at their jobs because they’re energized and alert.
Studies have shown that people who lead an active lifestyle have significantly lower costs for health care. Since employers typically pay a significant portion of health care costs, it benefits employers and the employees to promote healthy living. A healthy workforce also reduces the rate of absenteeism.
Businesses that promote bicycling are recognized for being green and socially responsible. They are conscious of their carbon footprint, aware of their impact on the environment, and are willing to think and act creatively in order to improve the quality of life for employees, their families and the greater community. A Bicycle Friendly Business attracts and retains employees, because people want to be part of a positive environment.
The Bicycle Friendly Business program also provides technical assistance on how to become more bicycle friendly. The program offers great resources to help improve a business’s bicycling accessibility, promotion and awareness within the workplace.
The Bicycle Friendly America℠ resource page contains several reports on the benefits of cycling, design guides, case studies and other useful information to aid your application process and bicycle-friendly efforts.
The next application deadline is June 22, 2022. (Extended from the original summer deadline of June 15!)
Yes. All businesses pay an application fee based on the number of employees at the applying location of the business (only one location is allowed per application).
The application fee is only due at the time of a new or renewal application submission; There are no other fees between application cycles for existing BFBs.
Corporate Sponsors and Business Members of the League apply to the Bicycle Friendly Business program for free (limit one free application per year per business membership). Learn more about Corporate Membership giving levels and additional benefits here.
|Number of Employees at Applying Location||Application Fee|
|1-49 employees or Non-profit/Government (of any size)||$50|
|1,000 or more employees||$500|
The Bicycle Friendly Business program welcomes applications from any business, corporation, organization, association, government agency, or nonprofit group located in the United States with two or more employees.
Businesses with only one employee or that are entirely volunteer-run (no paid employees) may receive exceptions ONLY if they have a permanent physical location and 2 or more customers, volunteers, or guests visiting their business on a daily basis.
Generally speaking, individuals and small businesses that work out of a home office or private residence are not eligible for the BFB designation, however we have made exceptions for bike-focused organizations and companies without a physical location. Please email email@example.com to find out if your business might also receive an exception.
We encourage applications from large and small businesses with single or multiple locations, however, only one location may be considered per application. Businesses with multiple locations may submit separate applications for each location.
A campus with more than one building in the same area may apply as a single location.
To complete the most comprehensive application, the applicant should be aware of all aspects of the business's bicycle-related activities and efforts. We encourage the applicant to consult workplace cyclists to help advise on the business's true environment for cycling.
Please be certain that the leaders of the business (for example the CEO, CFO, CSR) are consulted before applying.
New and renewing applicants fill out the same application form. However, returning BFBs can now simplify the renewal process by duplicating their previous submission into the current online form. Learn more about this option here.
I started an application but won't be able to submit before the deadline -- what happens to my draft application?
Applications that are not submitted on or before the application deadline will be automatically transferred to the next application cycle so that you can pick up right where you left off to apply in the next round. You will receive an email notification when the new application round opens (normally within a few days of the previous deadline) to let you know your application is available again.
Please note that any questions that were changed or added may not transfer data correctly, so it is important to double check all of your answers before submitting an application that was started in a previous round.
If you submitted an application in a previous round and are now reapplying, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a PDF of your previously submitted application, or find instructions to duplicate a previous submission into a new online form here.
Applicants that fall just short of a designation receive an Honorable Mention. The names of applicants that do not receive any recognition (below Honorable Mention) are not published. All applicants that do not achieve BFB status (Honorable Mention or no award) still receive a detailed feedback report that can be used to work towards a designation the next time the business applies, and their next BFB application fee will be waived.
Feedback reports for Honorable Mention and No Designation BFB applicants will include a discount code to waive the applicant's next BFB Application Fee.
The BFB designation is given on a four-year basis, after which time the business must reapply to maintain or improve their status. Businesses will be reminded to reapply through email. If your business has significantly improved sooner than four years, we welcome your application in pursuit of a higher designation before the expected renewal date. Businesses that do not maintain their cycling environment over the years may also lose their BFB status.
A committee of specialists reviews each application and considers feedback from cyclists in the workplace and local bicycle advocates in order to determine an organization’s level of recognition. Qualifying organizations are then awarded Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze status. Learn more about the crtieria for each award level here.
The League of American Bicyclists recognizes each designated Bicycle Friendly Business with an award letter, certificate, and a national press announcement. Awardees will also be profiled on the League website and in annual publications of winners.
An important part of the BFB designation is the official presentation of the award to the business. The following steps are usually involved in setting up an award ceremony:
- Choose a date and location.
- The League will identify a representative to present the award – the representative may be a League staff person or board member, the head of a local club, a member of the bike industry, or other appropriate person. If you have a preference, please let the League staff know. The League will provide talking points for the presentation.
- The League can assist you in developing a press release for your business’s announcement of the award ceremony. Most businesses use their communications department to distribute the press release.
Resources for Building a Bicycle Friendly Business
Advocacy for Better Access
- Learn more about Bikes and Businesses from the San Francisco Bicycling Coalition
- Consult APBP's bike parking guidelines to provide a safe place for employees and customers to park their bike
- List of bike parking manufacturers
- Dero's Bike Parking Guide (PDF) (Webpage)
- Dero Video Library
- Bike parking in parking garages - Best Practice on access/egress issues, a study from Cincinnati
- Webinar: Two Hours Or More, Long term Bike Parking For Sure (9/9/21)
- Webinar: Short-Term Bike Parking and the Law of Attraction (11/16/21)
- Dero Fix-it Map
- Dero Fit-it Station Brochure and Bike Repair Catalogue
- Saris Bike Repair Catalogue
- Recommendations on End-of-trip facilities for bicycle riders, from the Queensland Transport
- Workplace Cycle Facilities Factsheet, from TravelSmart (Government of Western Australia)
- Shower Facilities at Work: A Win-Win for Employers & Employees, from Cascade Business News
Incentives & Benefits
- QBP study on the business benefits of bicycling
- 5 Reasons for businesses to become bike friendly
- Dero ZAP Commuter Wellness program
- Are you a Twin Cities business? Find out how you can become part of the Dero ZAP program, an encouragement and tracking system that can save you money and provide incentives to your employees.
- Information on the Bicycle Commuter Benefit
- Example of Meredith Corporation's Bicycle Commuter Benefit Guidelines
- Capital Bikeshare's Corporate Discount Program for Washington, DC
- Bay Wheels for Business, Discount program for bike sharing in San Francisco
- Divvy Bike Share Chicago corporate discount
- citibike Bike Share New York City corporate discount
- Spoke & Art offers bike rentals including adaptive sit-down recumbents
Bicycle Culture, Support & Promotion
- Information on and materials for Bike Month and Bike to Work Day
- 5 Companies that Absolutely Crush Bike to Work Day, Bicycling Magazine
- How to: Make Your Bike to Work Day Soar. Bell Flight's Bike to Work Day
- Federal Government Guide to Encouraging Bicycling in DC Area Agencies
- Encourage customers to bike to your business with the Bicycle Benefits program for customers program
- Example of Meredith Corporation's Employee Commuter Tracking Log
- As an employer there are many ways you can support and promote safe cycling
- Promote cycling by offering incentives like the National Institutes of Health Bike Program
- More resources for encouraging employees to bike to work
City-Supported Employer Resources and Bike Commuter Programs
Education Content for Bicyclists
Education Content for Drivers
- The League's Bicycle Friendly Driver Training
- Using rewards, This App Saves Lives is out to make roads safer for cyclists and distracted driving a habit of the past. Employees at BFBs can find TASL in the iOS App Store or go to this link: apple.co/3kQAISu to download directly. Use referral ID ”LEAGUEBFB” at sign-up.
- Online Defensive Driver Course by AARP (for charge)
- In Alameda Bicycle's Accessibility Mission Statement, the shop commits to bridge the language gap with non-native English speakers as well as those who are hearing impaired
- European Cycling Lexicon for bicycling terms in 27 languages
- Bicycle Commuting Data resources and infographics
- 2014 American Bicyclist Magazine article on large corporations becoming bicycle-friendly
Economic Benefits of Bicycling
- 2021 League Report: Bicycling Benefits Businesses (Blog)
- A study on the Economic Value of Active Transportation
- A study of the economic impact on local business when adding bike lanes to a commercial area
- A study of business and user perceptions of bike sharing in Washington DC
- Protected Bike Lanes Mean Business
Health Benefits of Bicycling
- NYDOT: The Economic Benefits of Sustainable Streets
- A study on the striking health benefits of biking to work
- The health risks and benefits of cycling in urban environments compared with car use: health impact assessment study
- Do the Health Benefits of Bicycling Outweigh Risks? A study from the National Institutes of Health
- The Association Between Commuter Cycling and Sickness Absence, an abstract from National Institutes of Health
Case Studies and BFB Spotlights
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