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BFB 4 E’s: Education

Our Bicycle Friendly Business, Community and University programs are all guided by what we call the 4 E’s.

  • Education
  • Encouragement
  • Engineering
  • Evaluation and Planning

These principles guide how each entity is evaluated and eventually awarded an honor. The latest 161 Bicycle Friendly Businesses, which we announced just last week, excelled in many of these areas. Because there were so many great examples and innovative ideas in each application, we decided to share! Today’s post includes some of the best Education initiatives we learned about in this latest round of applications. Stay tuned this week for posts on the rest of the E’s!

Fort Collins Bike Library

Fort Collins, CO

Our staff job descriptions include a line item for ‘representing the FC Bike Library as a safe cyclist.’

First Congregational Church UCC

Memphis, TN

We offer bike safety workshops paired with Bike Rodeos and neighborhood group rides. We also offer maintenance classes on general maintenance, specific topics like how to adjust Cantilever brakes, and how to overhaul an entire bicycle. And we offer classes on commuting as well as how to ride with children in tow. We share information about how to ride a bicycle and use a bus in the same trip (including how to use the bus bike racks). And we offer Rules of the Road training using the League’s Quick Guide and videos.

Walmart Home Office

Bentonville, AR

Our 12 Months of Biking Program offers a different educational topic or bike event every month. Topics range from basic bike mechanics, how to ride a bike, support of National Bike Month including Bike to Work and Bike to School Day and events such as our Glow Ride and Bright Lights Fright Night. We have partnered with Bike Bentonville and the City of Bentonville to conduct Bike Rodeos as well as a Bike Extravaganza which utilized LCI’s to conduct bike safety skills for our community children and assisted with youth mountain bike camps.

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Harrisburg, PA

We have a bookshelf in our lobby dedicated to bicycle, pedestrian and motorist’s general knowledge and safety. The pertinent information includes: a news article entitled Winter Bicycling: How to Enjoy It; a detailed bicycle route map entitled East Cumberland County: Bike Route Investigation; a highlighted bike route that goes North-South through PA; a highlighted bike route that goes East-West through PA; and a document entitled Bikes on Public Transportation. Information was also provided about the year end 2014 Harrisburg Bike Club Banquet and a list of their Bicycle Maintenance Clinic dates in 2015.