League of American Bicyclists certifies 100 new Bicycle Friendly Businesses

Courtesy of the League of American Bicyclists

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Today, the League of American Bicyclists has awarded 100 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses [pdf] in 31 states and Washington, D.C.

With this announcement, the program has grown to include 1,050 visionary local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies [pdf] from across the country that are changing the script on what it means to provide a top-notch experience and atmosphere for employees and customers alike. There are now BFBs in 47 states and DC. Rotating Mass Media, parent company of Bicycle Times and our sister magazine, Dirt Rag, is proud to be a Gold Level BFB since 2013.

The new Platinum-level BFBs certified this year are Sonos Inc. of Santa Barbara, California, Partners for Active Living from Spartanburg, South Carolina, Quality Bicycle Products West from Ogden, Utah, and Trek Travel from Madison, Wisconsin.

“The business community’s investment in bicycling is playing a central role in making the country a safer, happier, and more sustainable place to live and work,” said Amelia Neptune, League Bicycle Friendly Business Program Manager. “We applaud this new round of businesses for leading the charge in creating a bicycle-friendly America for everyone.”

Bicycle Friendly Businesses encourage a more bicycle-friendly atmosphere for employees and customers alike. BFBs attract and retain energized, alert and productive employees, while decreasing healthcare costs.

The Architect of the Capitol, which employs 2,300 staff and oversees the maintenance and operation of all congressional buildings and land throughout Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., received a Bronze award this round.

The government agency, among other advancements, has been working collaboratively with the Congressional Bike Caucus to share information throughout the Capitol campus, and has helped to restart the Federal Interagency Bike Working Group as a means to share best practices within the federal community.

“We are so pleased to make the U.S. Capitol campus a more welcoming place for biking commuters and the visiting public,” said Architect of the Capitol, Stephen T. Ayers. “It is rewarding to be recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Business and to know that we have a passionate group of employees who implemented a cohesive program to achieve this recognition.”

Hewlett Packard has about 1,900 employees at its Fort Collins, Colorado, location. The new Bronze-level awardee hosts lunch-and-learn seminars on site, focusing on bicycling tips, such as winter riding, basic rules of the road and more.

“HP takes great pride in supporting community wellness and environmental protection,” Hewlett Packard in Fort Collins said in a statement. “We are proud to be part of the movement to make bicycling fun and safe for everyone.”

To apply or learn more about the BFB program, visit bikeleague.org/businesses.

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Bike League adds 161 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses

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.

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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.

You can see the list of new and returning Bicycle Friendly Businesses here [pdf] and see the full list here [pdf].

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