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Federal Agencies Becoming Bike Friendly
WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 7, 2013 - Despite the recent government shutdown, federal workers in the nation's capital are pedaling through the gridlock toward a healthier and more vibrant future.
Today, the League of American Bicyclists announced 91 new Bicycle Friendly Businesses (BFB) from across the country, extending the program to 43 states and Washington, D.C. These new awardees join a trendsetting group of more than 600 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies across the United States that are transforming the American workplace.
Click here for the full list of BFB awardees.
"Government agencies are definitely following the lead of the private sector in creating better places to work," said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. "That's particularly exciting because the health savings, environmental benefits and increased productivity of a healthier and happier workforce benefit us all. Let's hope the politicians on Capitol Hill are paying attention to this good work!"
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 National Park Service, which manages the nation's parks and National Mall, moved up from Bronze to Silver this round.
"The National Park Service is working to to encourage sustainable transportation options for our visitors and is nice to be acknowledged for that effort," said Bob Vogel, superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks. "It is the mission of the National Park Service to preserve our nation's natural and cultural resources for the enjoyment of future generations and those who use alternative transportation, like cyclists, will help us do that."
The Federal Communications Commission moved up from Bronze to Silver this round. The FCC has seen its number of bike commuters double since the agency received Bronze, and leaders look forward to even more participation with this latest announcement.
"Here at the FCC we are committed to the health and wellness of our staff," said Wanda Sims, Associate Managing Director of the FCC. "As we prepare for the arrival of our new chairman, I am looking forward to briefing him on our Health and Wellness program, especially the cycling initiative, which continues to be one of the hallmarks of our program."
Robert Cannon, FCC Bicycle Coordinator, says: "The best part of my day is my commute: Biking along the Potomac River while watching the sun rise over the U.S. Capitol is wonderful."
Also based in D.C., the International Monetary Fund is a new Bronze-level business. The IMF boasts more than 400 registered bicyclists in its workforce.
"Biking to work has become part of the IMF's culture" said Scott McMillan, IMF Facilities Management Division Chief. "The Fund supports our cyclist community by providing parking, showers and locker facilities and organizes extensive and comprehensive outreach events to promote alternative commuting."
To apply or learn more about the free BFB program, visit the League online at bikeleague.org/businesses.
(Photo courtesy of the National Park Service)