The League of American Bicyclists has welcomed 59 new and renewing businesses to its Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) program. There are now over 1,300 BFBs in 49 US states and the District of Columbia.
“This round of awards demonstrates the commitment that a broad range of businesses have to making their workplaces more welcoming to bicycling,” said Amelia Neptune, Director of the Bicycle Friendly America program. “We are excited to see the continued growth of the Bicycle Friendly Business program and the dedication that these businesses have to providing education and encouragement that make biking better for their employees and their communities.”
The League has highlighted a number of businesses in this latest around of awards:
- Two elementary schools are among this round’s BFB awardees, the first of their kind in the program.
- Another set of firsts are the BFB program’s first two bicycle-friendly police departments: Silver BFB Boise Police Department in Idaho, and Bronze BFB Fergus Falls Police Department in Minnesota.
- Among renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses being announced, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), in Boulder, CO, rose from Silver to Gold BFB status this round. UCAR realized that education is key to encouraging its employees to bike more and to bike more safely.
- New Bronze BFB Jefferson City, MO, goes the extra mile in encouraging city employees to bike. “After hosting our first employee bike ride a number of employees bought their own bike for personal use including our street operations manager [who] now owns and rides a bike frequently. By hosting weekly rides we have attracted many employees some of whom have not ridden in years.”