The League of American Bicyclists has added 161 new and renewing businesses and government agencies to its list of Bicycle Friendly Businesses. Through the program employers are recognized for their efforts to encourage cycling for customers, employees and the local community. The awards are earned [pdf] through encouragement, engineering, education and evaluation/planning. There are five levels of recognition: Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Honorable Mention.
The top awards are endowed upon businesses of all sizes. Awarded Platinum status this year is the Seattle Children’s Hospital with more than 5,000 employees by paying bonuses to employees for riding to work, providing an on-site service center, and helping launch Seattle’s bike-share program by becoming its first business sponsor. At the other extreme is Walk/Bike Nashville, an advocacy group with only three employees. It not only promotes its own bike-friendliness, it’s core mission is to encourage businesses to become bike friendly as well.
And it’s not just businesses that are Bike Friendly. Across the state, the First Congregational Church UCC in Memphis is the third new Platinum award-winner. As part of its community outreach program it operates a bike co-op out of its basement.
Bicycle Times and our sister magazine, Dirt Rag, are proud to have earned a Gold status in 2013.Tweet Print