The League of American Bicyclists has recognised 153 organisations with Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) awards. The awards recognise five first-time applicants, which earned the highest Platinum award, and the League welcomed the first major airport to the BFB program, Tampa International Airport.
The League of American Bicyclists celebrates the communities, businesses and universities joining the movement to make biking better each year through its Bicycle Friendly America awards.
‘From a transportation hub like Tampa International Airport, which hosts nearly 60,000 employees and visitors each day, to a business known for its bicycle hubs such as Industry Nine (moved up to Gold status), companies and organizations are transforming the status quo at the local level when they welcome people who bike.’
“There are few better grassroots ways to make bicycling an easy transportation choice for people than by destinations – the places we want and need to go – becoming Bicycle Friendly Businesses,” said Bill Nesper, Executive Director of the League of American Bicyclists. “We’re thrilled that these 153 businesses are part of this movement to make our communities stronger, safer, and more connected through bicycling.”
“It shows how much thought an organisation has put into welcoming people who bike when it earns a Platinum award on its first application, like Walton Enterprises,” said Amelia Neptune, Director of the Bicycle Friendly America program. “But it’s also really impressive to see businesses taking progressive steps to upgrade their award over the years, like Phoenix Bikes, a youth development non-profit in Arlington, Virginia, that moved up to Platinum this round.”
This round of Bicycle Friendly Businesses also shows how communities are rallying around bicycling being good for businesses. Places like Arlington, Va., Asheville, N.C., Lincoln, Neb., Northwest Arkansas, and Tampa, Fla., are home to multiple businesses earning awards in 2020.
Some other facts to note from this round of Bicycle Friendly Business awards:
- 8 organizations were given an Honourable Mention for their efforts to welcome bicyclists
- 17 bike shops were recognized this round in addition to five companies in the bike industry
- Awarded businesses in this round employ a total of 36,529 people
The Bicycle Friendly Business program recognizes organizations for the role they play in the ecosystem of building a ‘more Bicycle Friendly America for everyone’. The League also awards Bicycle Friendly Universities and Bicycle Friendly Communities throughout the year.